Police: Man Sets Self, 2 Officers on Fire In Grocery Store

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Authorities say a man set himself on fire inside of a Kroger grocery store in Covington, Ga. on Tuesday.

Covington Police said they received a call at about 4:15 regarding a person acting strangely, pulling things off of the shelves and yelling at the store.

Once officers arrived, they saw that the man was dowsing himself with rubbing alcohol and that he held a lighter. The man threatened to set himself ablaze.

Police tacked the man to the ground to prevent him from lighting himself, but the man managed to light himself on fire with at least two officers on top of him, investigators said.

The flames were extinguished, and the man was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in Downtown Atlanta with second degree burns. One of the two officers was taken to a local hospital with first degree burns. The second officer was only singed.

Investigators said the man will likely face charges in the incident.

Police are reviewing surveillance footage from the incident and have not decided when they will release it.

Kroger officials said the store was closed for a brief time immediately after the incident. The store has since reopened.


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