Man sets car on fire, injures self and two officers (GRAPHIC VIDEO)
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AUSTIN, Texas -- An Austin man was transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center to be treated for serious burns after Austin police officials said he intentionally set a car on fire.
The Austin Police Department released dash camera video of the incident which happened before dawn Tuesday in the parking lot of a convenience store along Interstate 35.
The suspect called 911 and said he planned to commit suicide by setting himself and his car on fire.
Officers arrived and asked the man to step away from the vehicle, but he jumped inside and lit a cigarette lighter, causing an explosion.
The man and officers were initially thrown back by the force of the explosion, but the suspect got back inside.
"It got really hot, I'm talking about 1,000 degrees and you saw the force it created right there," said Capt. Andy Reardon with the Austin Fire Department. "So for him to get back in the car like that, he was very dedicated to killing himself."
The Associated Press reported the officers were treated for minor burns suffered while pulling the man from the burning vehicle.
Austin firefighters responded to put out the fire and no other injuries were reported.
The suspect suffered non-life threatening injuries and is expected to be charged with felony arson, Austin police officials said.
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