A man allegedly threatened to chainsaw a woman to death before torching himself, police have said.

Armed police swooped on a home in Hartlepool on Saturday following reports of a high-stakes domestic incident.

Police claim the home owner had threated to kill a woman at the property, Gazette Live reported.

The woman was left uninjured but the man suffered serious burns when he set himself on fire.

Police were called to the scene on Saturday night (



"The police vans were lined up along the road and the fire engines turned up.

"Then the armed police came up the road and went into the house."

Another added: "Neighbours were told by the emergency services to close our curtains and turn the lights off".

On Sunday, crime scene investigators were seen entering the property, and a single police van was sat outside with tape across the house.

A spokesperson from Cleveland Force said: "Police were called to an address in Hartlepool at around 7.20pm on Saturday to reports of a domestic incident in which a man with a chainsaw was making serious threats to kill another person in the property and harm himself.

"Officers attended the scene and spoke to the man, who continued to make threats to harm himself, and during the incident he sustained self-inflicted serious burn injuries.

"Trained firearms officers discharged an AEP, which is also known as a baton round, as a minimal force option to bring the incident to a conclusion.

"The man was arrested in connection with the incident and taken to hospital due to serious burns.

"A referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct as a mandatory referral."

A North East Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We were called to a private address on Campbell Road in Hartlepool around 8.22pm last night.

"We sent an ambulance and took one patient to hospital. For reasons of confidentiality we are unable to share further information."