Officers Rescue Man Setting Himself On Fire

By Calibre Press  |   Jun 3, 2015

Officers were trying to talk to a driver around 2 a.m. at the Stassney Food Mart. When officers tried to get closer to him, he jumped back in his car and said, “I think I’m going to set the car on fire,” according to APD dash camera video. A few seconds later, a loud pop is heard and fire engulfed the vehicle.
One of the officers said he saw the driver with a lighter in his hand, and investigators believe the car had fuel in it.

The officers were able to pull the driver — who was alone — out of the burning car before fire crews arrived, and he was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge in serious condition and may likely have to be taken to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

APD plans to use the video to train future cadets.

“I don’t know that the officers could have done anything different in situation,” said APD Cmdr. Nick Wright. “But it’s just a little piece of knowledge; everything they get, they can put in toolbox and take with them to a similar call later on down the line.”

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