The medical examiner has ruled that a man died by setting himself on fire after allegedly trying to kill a woman in McHenry earlier this month.
The McHenry Police Department received a call for a report of a domestic dispute around 5:30 a.m. on May 6 in the 3800 block of West Main Street in McHenry.
Officers arrived to find a detached garage on the property that was on fire.
The McHenry Township Fire Protection District responded to the scene and extinguished the garage fire.
A preliminary investigation was conducted and officers learned two of the property’s residents, a 44-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man, had been involved in a physical altercation, McHenry police said in a statement.
The female suffered a head wound and the man, identified as Michael A. Pica, suffered extensive burns on his body.
Pica and the woman were both transported by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital.
The woman was later transferred to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with non-life-threatening injuries.
Pica was also transferred to Advocate Condell Medical Center and later to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood with life-threatening injuries, police said.
A review of the incident and evidence was conducted and the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office approved multiple charges against Pica.
He was charged with attempted murder, aggravated domestic battery, arson, two counts of aggravated battery and domestic battery.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said that Pica was pronounced dead at Loyola University Medical Center just after 4 a.m. on May 7.
The medical examiner’s office recently ruled Pica’s manner of death as a suicide caused by self-immolation.
Court records show Pica was charged in October 2020 with cutting a woman’s neck with a knife in McHenry. It was not clear if the victim in that case was the same as the one in the latest incident involving him.
The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal is assisting the McHenry Police Department and McHenry Township Fire Protection District in the investigation.