A man in Perth burst into flames when police used a taser gun on him as he attacked officers carrying a canister of fuel. The 36 year old is believed to have been sniffing petrol to get high.
Police officers were called to Ronald Mitchell’s address following complaints by neighbours. They were pelted by rocks thrown by an 18 year old woman and Mr Mitchell charged out of the house towards them carrying a cigarette lighter and a large plastic bottle of petrol. He refused to stop running and was tasered by an officer. Mr Mitchell was immediately engulfed in flames before being thrown to the floor, put out and charged with ‘assault to prevent arrest’.
Mr Mitchell, a known substance abuser and violent offender, is now in critical condition in Perth hospital with third degree burns to ten percent of his body.