Man Reportedly Sets Fire to Himself
JAMESTOWN - Jamestown police officers responding to a man's request to speak to an officer found themselves coming to the rescue of 47-year-old who set himself on fire.
Shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday, a man called dispatch requesting to speak with an officer at McElroy Park. Chief Scott Edinger says several officers responded to the call.
Shortly after officers arrived, a male driving a 2002 P.T. Cruiser arrived and exited his vehicle.
Sgt. Justin Blinsky reports the man doused himself with a flammable liquid and began walking towards an officer in a squad car. Officers say the man lit himself as he came toward the officer.
Police on the scene used fire extinguishers from their squad cars to put out the fire.
The unidentified man was taken to Jamestown Regional Medical Center by ambulance with what are being described as "critical" injuries.
Jamestown Fire Fighters were called to the scene to assist with the removal of the flammable liquid and to verify the car was safe.
The Stutsman County Law Enforcement Task Force also responded to the incident.