National News:Man sets himself, officers on fire at grocery store


A man walked into a Newton County supermarket and set himself on fire, police told Channel 2 Action News.

Police said the man entered a Kroger store on Highway 278 in Covington just before 5 p.m. and immediately caused a disruption.

Witnesses told police the man poured rubbing alcohol on himself and started running through the store, knocking items off the shelves.


Photo courtesy of: Jason Durden

Officers pursued the man but could not use their Taser guns because of the alcohol. Once cornered, the man used a lighter to ignite himself and two officers, officials said.

The officers suffered minor burns to their arms and the man had second-degree burns on his body.

Police said they had no explanation for the man’s outburst. They have not released his name at this time.

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