Homeless man bursts into flames after being Tasered

August 26th, 2009 by

Daily Mail

A homeless man caught fire after U.S. police shocked him with a Taser gun, it has been revealed.

Daniel Wood, 31, was allegedly sniffing gas from an aerosol can as he ran through traffic when he was chased by two officers in Lancaster, Ohio.

One officer caught Wood and got him on the ground, where Wood continued to resist, according to the police report.

Another officer shouted a warning, then zapped Wood with the Taser, the report said.

Wood immediately burst into flames that covered his torso.

The officers were forced to drop their weapons and beat out the flames.

Wood said: ‘My complete right half of my upper body is burned.

‘I have bandages from my wrist all the way up my arm and across my chest.’

He admitted he had been inhaling vapours from a chemical cleaner in an attempt to get ‘high’.

Wood had been resisting arrest by attempting to bite the officers and lashing out with his feet.

In an attempt to subdue him police fired their Tasers which emit a charge of up to 50,000 volts.

Lancaster Police chief David Bailey said: ‘Clearly, this is not the way we’d hoped to get started.

But I’m glad the suspect is OK, and this gives us an opportunity to review how we will do things from this point.’

Chief Bailey said his officers acted appropriately given Wood’s aggressive behaviour.

He said: ‘There was no recognition on the part of these officers that this would be the result.

‘They didn’t know the vapour was present and would flash. It wasn’t as if the suspect was doused in a chemical.’

Wood, who has been arrested more than 50 times, has been charged with resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and abusing harmful intoxicants.


17 Responses

  1. danny

    Whoever wrote this needs to learn how to spell. There is no U in behavior or in vapor. Come on Bubba spend a few more bucks and get somebody who can spell properly.

  2. Staff

    I don’t write the articles, I just copy and past the news story so email someone from that link up top.

  3. Sibby

    did you guys post the pic of the homeless man as Dr Mark began his exam ?

  4. Bill

    That’s because the Daily Mail is a British publication. That’s how they spell things there.

  5. Lenny

    Actually that is the proper English spelling. But the us Americans butchered up the Original English and removed the “U”s from some words. Don’t forget, we got our language from the British.

  6. Chris

    It’s the english spelling..duh

  7. Danielle

    Where is the prostate exam photo?

  8. Brian

    If you notice, the link points to a website in the U.K. and over there, they do happen to spell both “vapor” and “behavior” with a U.

  9. Captain Obvious

    As long as we allow jack-offs to walk the streets after being arrested 50 times, then every lawful citizen who passes a gun safety course should be allowed to carry a firearm in all 50.

  10. James Provins

    Hey, Danny. If you noticed, the article was from the Daily Mail, a British news agency. There is a “U” in behavior and vapor over there. Even in Canada I believe. Just an FYI.

  11. James Provins

    Oh, I forgot, the word “color” is spelled with a “U” too.
    “Colour” Looks odd but I remember a girl I was dating from Canada some years ago spelled it that way.

  12. Lol

    You copy and past them? Like Danny said, I think you need to learn how to spell.

  13. Sam

    To the staff member who copied the article,

    You spelled paste wrong.
    Just sayin’

  14. ron

    just a little note Wood is suing the police force in Lancster,Ohio. How I know this because I live in Lancaster. When the officers are trained there told your not to use the taser if the think someone might be huff , due to sparks

  15. Kevin

    Of course he’s suing. Thats what all white trash does when they are victims of their own stupidity. Blame someone else and sue them for it.

  16. scott

    looks like doctor mark has a hang nail

  17. kenny

    oh my god that photo is so funny
    Did i say two fingers Dr. Mark? Better make that three.

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