VIDEO: Man Sets Himself on Fire on National Mall – Washington D.C
Man dies after setting self on fire in Washington DC
SNIPPET: A man who set himself on fire on the National Mall in the US capital has died of his injuries, which were so severe that authorities will have to use DNA and dental records to identify him, District of Columbia police said Saturday.
The man died Friday night at a Washington DC hospital where he had been airlifted, Officer Araz Alali, a police spokesman, said.
The man poured the contents of a red canister of gasoline on himself in the center portion of the National Mall on Friday afternoon.
He then set himself on fire, with passing joggers taking off their shirts to help put out the flames.
Police had said he was conscious and breathing at the scene, but he was airlifted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Police are investigating the man’s possible motives. Lieutenant Pamela Smith of the US Park Police said she was unaware whether he carried signs or had articulated a cause.
One witness, Katy Scheflen, said she did not hear the man say anything intelligible before he set himself on fire. But she said she did notice that another man with a tripod was standing nearby and had disappeared by the time the police had arrived. It was not immediately clear whether a recording exists.
“He appeared to be waiting for something to happen. After it happened, he was gone,” Scheflen, a Justice Department lawyer, said Saturday of the man with the tripod.
“I can’t say what the connection was between them or whether there was a connection,” she added.
The fire occurred in a city with jangled nerves following a September 16 mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that left 13 dead, including the gunman, and a high-speed car chase outside the US Capitol on Thursday.
The chase ended with a woman being shot dead by police with a young child in the car.
Family questions Washington cop killing
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SNIPPET: Police in Washington are reviewing the use of officers’ deadly force in the killing of a woman who tried to ram her car through a White House barrier, a shooting her family says was unjustified.
The investigation will reconstruct the car chase and shooting, which briefly put the US Capitol on lockdown, and explore how officers dealt with the driver and whether protocols were followed.
Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer said he was confident the officers “did the best they could under the situation”. Police guarding national landmarks must make fast decisions without the luxury of all the facts, especially when a threat is perceived, he said.
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