Handcuffed man sets himself on fire in Denver’s Civic Center Park

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DENVER — A handcuffed man set himself on fire in Civic Center Park on Thursday, the Denver Police Department said.

Police said the incident was reported about 12:40 p.m. when a civilian employee of the department saw a man pouring a fluid on himself.

The employee called dispatch to request officers do a welfare check on the man, who has not been identified.

“Responding officers quickly made contact with the man and were in the process of placing him into protective custody — he had just been placed into handcuffs — when the man became engulfed in flames,” police said.

Officers and witnesses extinguished the flames, and the man was transported to a hospital. He was in critical condition, police said.

The incident remains under investigation.

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