Police: Woman ‘in crisis’ set herself on fire

WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland
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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.

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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.

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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.

*** If you are having suicidal thoughts or experiencing a mental health crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. ***

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April Schaeffer Underwood

I’m so sorry this poor woman clearly is having a difficult time. For those who are making rude or joking comments you are sick individuals. Honestly the sarcasm and lack of empathy is disheartening.


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