The investigation continues in assault, fire

HANCOCK – Police confirmed the name of the deceased assailant in a domestic violence and arson situation in Hancock Friday night.

About 5 p.m. Friday, Hancock police responded to a report of a suicidal person and domestic assault on Summit Street in Hancock. The victim met officers outside of the home and told them she had sustained a head injury when Dennis Foreman, 50, assaulted her, according to a Hancock police statement Monday. She had taken one gun away, but he still had many in the residence, she told police.

Police are not releasing the woman’s name.

Officers were notified the man had a terminal illness and was not in his right frame of mind, the statement said. Beaudoin said today he had been suffering from lung and spinal cancer.

Hancock and Houghton police entered the house using a ballistic shield.

They found the suspect on the floor, where he had started a fire. Officers dragged the man out of the building, the statement said.

Mercy Ambulance transported Foreman and the woman to Portage Health.

Foreman died soon after his arrival at Portage Health, Beaudoin said today. The woman was treated and released.

Sgt. Scott Monette of the Houghton Police Department was also taken to Portage because of smoke inhalation. He was treated and released.

The Hancock Fire Department responded to the house and put out the fire.