Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Police Using A Taser Set A Man On Fire

In the Department's first use of a Taser, Lancaster Ohio Police Tasered a man and it set him on fire. They were responding to a report of a man inhaling from a spray can. Police say that they didn't see any evidence of flammable gas when they fired the Taser at him.

He was spraying something from a can into his mouth and running when he was tackled by officers. He resisted arrest and after a warning to stop resisting, he was Tasered. Officers saw a flame on his chest and put the fire out.

He was taken to a local hospital for treatment and then to jail. His charges included assaulting an officer, resisting arrest, and abusing harmful intoxicants. He was eventually released from jail on his own recognizance.

Lancaster Police have restrictions on Taser use on people when flammable fumes are present or on people who police know have come into contact with things that could ignite. Police are reviewing their policies on Taser use

The man claimed that his entire side of his body burned. The Tasered man has an extensive arrest record.

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