A 36-year-old Australian man burst into flames after being tasered by an officer with the West Australian Police. The man had doused himself with gasoline and was carrying a lighter when the police arrived in Warburton. The police were responding to a report that people were sniffing glue at the location.
The man was still carrying the gas can when he ran from the house and was ordered to stop. When he failed to stop, the officer fired the taser resulting in him bursting in flame.
To make this scene more bizarre, a woman inside the house began to throw rocks at the officer as he struggled to put out the flames on the man.
The man was charged with assault with intent to prevent arrest and possession of a deleterious substance and the woman was charged with assaulting a public officer.
This is not the first such case. In 2007, Juan Flores Lopez, 47, burst into flames after he was tasered. He also had doused himself with gasoline. Lopez eventually died from his burns.
Two years ago, a man in Texas died in a similar incident when he too caught fire after he was shot with a Taser.
In that case as well, the man had poured gasoline on himself and was resisting arrest.
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