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World Briefing / Australia

Tasered suspect bursts into flames

July 21, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A man whose relatives say he had been sniffing gasoline burst into flames after a police officer Tasered him as he ran at officials carrying a container of fuel, police said today.

The man, identified by his family as 36-year-old Ronald Mitchell, was in critical condition at a Perth hospital in Western Australia state after the incident Monday in Warburton.

Western Australia police said Mitchell ran from a house carrying a cigarette lighter and a large plastic bottle containing what they believe was fuel. When he refused to stop running toward them, an officer Tasered him, Western Australia police said in a statement.

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