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Town official: Officer knew Taser risked igniting fire


November 10, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma police officer who fired a Taser at a man who then caught fire and was burned beyond recognition inside a gasoline-soaked van took a "calculated risk" of igniting a fire, according to the city manager.

"This was a calculated risk issue," Lindsay City Manager Stephen Mills said Thursday. "The only chance of a good outcome was the use of a Taser, it was a slim chance, but it was the only chance," of taking the man into custody alive

"The calculated risk is this gas likely will ignite," Mills said.

The man, who McClain County authorities initially said had do...

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