A civilian employee of Fort Leavenworth’s Munson Army Health Center has been charged in federal court with allegedly setting his supervisor on fire, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and a court document.

 
A civilian employee of Fort Leavenworth’s Munson Army Health Center has been charged in federal court with allegedly setting his supervisor on fire, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and a court document.

Clifford Currie, 54, was charged Thursday in U.S. District Court with one count of assault with intent to commit murder.

The charge stemmed from an incident that occurred around 5:10 p.m. Wednesday at the Munson Army Health Center, 550 Pope Ave.

One witness indicated he was alerted to the incident when an alarm went off indicating a possible fire in the pediatric section of the facility, according to the criminal complaint.

Currie allegedly threw gasoline or some other flammable liquid on his supervisor, Katie Ann Blanchard, and lit her on fire. Currie also allegedly assaulted Blanchard with a straight edge razor, according to the news release and a criminal complaint.

Another employee was injured while reportedly trying to stop Currie.

Currie reportedly was subdued by staff members at the medical facility.

At one point, a responding firefighter reportedly yelled that the incident may have involved a chemical burn.

But Currie allegedly said, “It’s gasoline, you idiot,” according to the criminal complaint.

At the time of his arrest, Currie reportedly said he needed psychiatric help. He also said he would speak with an attorney, according to the criminal complaint.

It was not immediately clear what position Currie held at Munson Army Health Center.

One witnesses told investigators that Currie had been resistant to supervision from Blanchard. And at least two witnesses said Blanchard always wanted another employee to be present when she met with Currie, according to the criminal complaint.

If convicted, Currie could face 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000, according to the news release from the office of Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall.

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