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May 13, 2022Chillicothe, Mo. |  By: AP

Chillicothe police: Man dies after setting himself on fire

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CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) - Chillicothe police say a man died after he set himself on fire after being stopped by officers. Police said in a news release a 43-year-old man from Dalton died Wednesday evening.

The events began when several people reported a man was asking businesses south of Chillicothe for a lighter while carrying a container of flammable liquid.

Police say the man was later seen driving erratically in Chillicothe. When officers stopped him, he ran to the back of his repurposed bus, poured gas on himself and ignited it.

He jumped out of the bus and ran toward officers, who tried to extinguish the flames. He died at a hospital.