A man in Seattle set a police vehicle ablaze in an alley on Thursday while an officer was inside, authorities said.
The officer was in the neighborhood near the downtown area when police were alerted around 1:30 p.m. by someone concerned about a man holding what appeared to be a “torch,” Seattle police Sgt. Randy Huserik said.
A man was found with a flaming piece of lumber believed to be two-by-two feet, which he threw inside the police vehicle while the officer was inside.
“As officers went up to contact him, he was somehow able to get the torch into a sensitive area of the patrol car that it caught fire,” Huserick said.
Responding officers chased the man into a parking garage where they used a Taser to subdue him. One officer is believed to have opened fire but the suspect wasn’t hit, the Seattle Police Department said.
As the man was being arrested, the flames from the burning lumber engulfed the entire police vehicle. The officer inside was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening burns.
Authorities searched nearby buildings to ensure no one else was injured.
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