MURPHYSBORO, Ill. --Police in southern Illinois'
Murphysboro say a man who allegedly pummeled a woman with a hammer in
his home died after blowing up the residence as police converged.
Authorities say 54-year-old Thomas Allan Miller died at a hospital shortly after two explosions early Friday in his home.
woman who Miller allegedly assaulted on the head with a hammer after he
asked her to come to his home to assist him was taken to a St. Louis
hospital. Her medical status wasn't clear Friday.
Police say that
as officers responded to Miller's home to investigate the reported
battery, Miller told a 911 dispatcher he planned to blow up his home and
already had filled it with natural gas.
Authorities say Miller then ignited his living room, causing explosions.