Police: Woman ‘in crisis’ set herself on fire
Editor’s note: The details of this story are disturbing.
RICHFIELD, Ohio (WJW) — A woman reportedly lit herself on fire during a struggle with a village police officer.
Officers learned the woman was “in crisis” and threatening to harm herself at about 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, according to a news release from Richfield Police Department. She was traveling in a vehicle near Wheatley Road and Interstate 77.Perkins police chief mourned: ‘It’s no secret he loved his department’
Police caught up with her along Interstate 271 near the state Route 303 exit. She got out of the vehicle and “poured a flammable liquid on herself,” reads the release. During an altercation with an officer, she used a lighter to ignite herself.
The officer put out the flames and called Richfield EMS to the scene. Both the officer and the victim were taken to a hospital for burns.Watch: WWII vet buried with no marker honored with special ceremony
The officer was treated and released. The victim, whom police have not identified, remained hospitalized.
The incident is under investigation and police aren’t offering any more details.
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