Man Dead After Police Say He Set Himself On Fire

Police are investigating a bizarre case in Jacksonville where a man apparently set himself on fire and a woman was found bound and stabbed in the home.

The Medical Examiner's Office in Chapel Hill says Rodney Douglas died around 2:00 p.m.

Police say they got a call to 309 Sybil Street around midnight after a man was threatening to set himself on fire. When they arrived, officers heard an explosion and saw the suspect engulfed in flames as he came out of a nearby shed.

Officers aided in putting out the fire on the suspect, but witnesses told police there was still a woman inside the home, which was now on fire. They found the woman in the bathroom, stabbed and bound with tape.

Police say they also found the woman's two month old baby boy in the suspect's car, that was parked in front of the home. That baby was not harmed.

Douglas was taken to the Burn Center in Chapel Hill, while the woman is at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Police say there is no further information her condition.


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  • by Meeme on Jun 24, 2009 at 01:01 PM
    I just wanted to say Thanks to everyone for all of the support. Thanks even for the negative comments...your comments build my strength even more. Doug loved his son and I. I'm sorry he had negative forces that tried to convince him otherwise but they will have to live with the lies they've told. Doug will be missed and his son will only be showered with the best memories of his father! The Victim!
  • by GUESS WHO Location: GA on Jun 13, 2009 at 05:14 PM
    It's sad the way people just snap. Makes you wonder how well you really know a person.
  • by Navada Location: Jacksonville on Jun 12, 2009 at 01:58 PM
    Memorial Services Rodney Douglas (Doug) Saturday June 13, 2009 11am - 1pm Ramsey Hall 2731 Commerce Road Jacksonville, NC 28546
  • by Jane Doe Location: Jacksonville on Jun 11, 2009 at 11:21 AM
    I just wanna say thankyou to the firefighters. On about every story the police offcers put out the fire save the person etc. I think we need to think both firefighters and police. they both equally do their part. To the flim crews and news casters get your facts before you air the news. If the police put out the fire they would need a lot more than the one fire extunisher in the car. TO the families im sorry for your loss.
  • by Boss Lady Location: Jacksonville on Jun 11, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    Instead of being so negative, we should all thank God for having Rodney Douglas (Doug) with us for 37 years. Doug was a sweet, kind, and, caring person with a big heart. He was a Big Teddy Bear (my brother). To all his family and friends it's time to come together and be able to let Doug know how much he really meant to us. We will always remember the good times and cherish all the memories we have. Doug will always be remembered. For his girlfriend, you are a wonderful person and regardless of all the negative energy, I know you are a good mom and you are doing a great job taking care of yours and (my brother)Doug's baby. If you need anything don’t hesitate to ask Junebug and me.
  • by Slim Location: Jacksonville on Jun 10, 2009 at 10:34 PM
    It sad that all you people can think of is tax paying. Forget all that. I lost someone who was close to me and was no harm to nobody. He was an Uncle that I lost that I would never see again. I cant believe that he took a turn this. But it happened. He was the sweetest person and never had problems. But for those who judge books by its cover need to think about what you say before speaking. If you would have known him maybe you would not be saying negative things. He was not a person who always got in trouble. He did things that a normal family would do and acted as a man. And for his girlfriend, she is a sweet person too. Both of them was good parents. So my prayers goes out to both families and friends. And stop worrying about taxpayers because it aint doin nothing for us anyway. RIP Uncle Doug. You will always be in my heart.
  • by LC Brown Location: Dudley, N.C. on Jun 10, 2009 at 09:00 PM
    I've known Rodney a very long time... I would have trusted him with anything. It sickens me, some of the comments that were made here and on the JD News site... True it was horrible... I don't know what could have pushed him over the edge like that. I KNEW this man, had just spoken with him Sunday, for over an hour. My heart hurts... Those that have made "uninformed" comments, it's obvious you didn't know him. I forgive your ignorance. "Sempre Fi".
  • by to cindi, concerned citizen Location: unbelievable on Jun 10, 2009 at 04:26 PM
    its amazing how some people are so hard core that when reading about a horrible tragic story, the first thing they think of is 'taxpayer will not get much of a break out of this'. so i hope you never have to deal with anything tragic and unexpected OR even have to worry about how to pay for it; id hate for you to have to be in someone elses shoes before you judged them or anything!! thank GOD that baby is okay and i hope the mother is alright as well. so sorry to Mr. Douglas' family and friends for the tragic loss.
  • by Vivian Location: Fayetteville on Jun 10, 2009 at 03:08 PM
    I have known this man for eleven in a half years. I have worked with him and have spoken with him on Sunday me and another co-worker. He was happy about his life and spending time with his baby boy. He was a very gentle person and would not harm a soul, and for whatever reason that caused him to go the way that he did we will never know. Thankfully the mother is still alive. My prayers go out to both families. This man was my friend.
  • by Cindi Location: Simpson on Jun 10, 2009 at 09:24 AM
    Taxpayer will not get much of a break out of this.
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