Steven Ellam, a 27-year-old man, has been arrested after he allegedly crashed his car into the Middlesex Hospital in Connecticut before setting himself on fire.
According to reports, Ellam drove into the entrance of the emergency room at Middlesex Hospital around 10am on Thursday, February 22. The bomb squad and state and federal authorities responded to the scene. Emergency responders evacuated approximately 30 patients and 20 staff members after the crash.
Following the crash, Ellam was transported to Bridgeport hospital with serious burn injuries, where he remains in critical condition.
Nearby Yale-New Haven Hospital and Hartford HealthCare increased security as a precaution.
Middletown Mayor Dan Drew said the man who is thought to be in his 20s, drove into the emergency room entrance around 10 a.m. Witnesses told police the man set himself on fire. Officials say the man had gasoline cans in his car. The bomb squad and state and federal authorities have been called into help. He is currently at Bridgeport Hospital with burn injuries, in critical condition.
Police have cordoned off the man’s residence as part of the investigation. They said the man was known to police and homes in that area have been evacuated.
Mayor Drew says they believe there is no threat to the community, and they believe it is an isolated incident.
According to various reports, Ellam has an extensive criminal history in Connecticut, having been convicted of driving under the influence, criminal mischief and assault.