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Tasered man bursts into flames
He carrying a cigarette lighter and a bottle containing fuel, officials say
The Associated Press
updated 11:21 a.m. PT, Tues., July 21, 2009

SYDNEY - A man whose relatives say had been sniffing gasoline burst into flames after a police officer Tasered him as he ran at officials carrying a container of fuel, police said Tuesday.

The man, identified by his family as 36-year-old Ronald Mitchell, was in critical condition at a Perth hospital in Western Australia state following Monday's incident in Warburton, an Aboriginal community 950 miles northeast of Perth.

Western Australia police said they were responding to a complaint at a house when Mitchell ran outside carrying a cigarette lighter and a large plastic bottle containing what they believe was fuel. When he refused to stop running toward them, one officer Tasered him, police said in a statement.

The man was immediately engulfed in flames. The officer threw him to the ground and smothered the blaze with his hands, the statement said. Mitchell was charged with assault to prevent arrest and possession of a sniffing substance.

An 18-year-old woman threw rocks at the officer as he tried to help, and he was later treated for a cut on his head and burns to his hands, police said.

Police say man sniffed gas.

The woman was charged with two counts of assaulting an officer, police Sgt. Graham Clifford said. Two others at the house were charged with possessing a sniffing substance.

Mitchell's sister, Morinda West, told The Australian newspaper that her brother had been sniffing gasoline and that when he ran out of the house he was carrying a lighter and an orange juice container full of gasoline.

Police spokeswoman Susan Usher said Mitchell appeared to have received third-degree burns to about ten percent of his body.

Western Australia Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan defended the officer's actions on Tuesday, calling Mitchell a known gasoline sniffer and violent offender.

"The police officers were concerned that they were going to be burnt so they deployed a Taser," O'Callaghan told reporters in Perth. "The only other choice they would have had is to use a police-issue firearm and the circumstances would almost certainly have been far more grave."

O'Callaghan also said that while Mitchell did burst into flames after the Taser was deployed, it wasn't immediately clear if the stun gun actually sparked the fire.

"There is a very strong possibility the fire was caused by the lighter in the hand of the offender," he said.

The officer who Tasered Mitchell was not suspended, Clifford said.



Don't huff gasoline kids...


I also lol'd at this grammar fail from the AP:

He carrying a cigarette lighter and a bottle containing fuel, officials say


Damn Associated Press.
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"Police say man sniffed gas."

Good sentence.
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"Police say man sniffed gas."

Good sentence.

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I'm not convinced that it would have been worse to shoot the dude with a gun. Shoot him in the foot or something, no biggy. This way he probably has burns all over his body. I could well be wrong though.
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I'm not convinced that it would have been worse to shoot the dude with a gun. Shoot him in the foot or something, no biggy. This way he probably has burns all over his body. I could well be wrong though.


10% of his body. The officer put the fire out with his HANDS.

Also, why the **** was that woman throwing bricks? Was that in any way related to the gas guy?
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I guess no-one else played that game. I'm not surprised cos it was kind of ****.

You could tase people long enough that they catch fire.


I remember that!!!! i didnt really get what you had to do but walk around the city and taser people it was good though!!

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I'm not convinced that it would have been worse to shoot the dude with a gun. Shoot him in the foot or something, no biggy. This way he probably has burns all over his body. I could well be wrong though.

Haha it's hard to shoot a running man's foot
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Maybe the guy just wanted to give the officer some fuel?
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"Police say man sniffed gas."

Good sentence.




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I guess no-one else played that game. I'm not surprised cos it was kind of ****.

You could tase people long enough that they catch fire.

oh god yea only remember now.....havent played it in like 8 years or something
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