Portage County deputy who was set on fire released from hospital

RAVENNA, Ohio– The Portage County Sheriff’s deputy who was set on fire was released from the hospital on Monday.

Sgt. James Acklin was receiving treatment at the burn unit of Akron Children’s Hospital following Thursday’s incident. He is in good spirits and making progress.

Acklin was serving an arrest warrant at a property in Rootstown when he was attacked. The sheriff’s office said Jay Edward Brannon, 49, of Atwater, ignited a can of flammable liquid and threw it at officers.

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