OMG! What a shocking story from Australia. A man thought to have been sniffing gasoline burst into flames after police shot him with a Taser gun, as he ran charged at officers carrying a small container of fuel.
Ronald Mitchell, 36, was in critical condition at a Perth hospital in Western Australia state following Monday’s incident in Warburton, an Aboriginal community 950 miles north-east 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.
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. What did the police do? They arrested the woman as well. YIKES! Don’t mess with the Aussie police.