Man, 51, throws petrol on police and himself in horrifying fire footage

A shocking video shows a man throwing petrol over himself and a group of police officers in a horrifying fire.

The 51-year-old suspect was being arrested on suspicion of domestic violence when he allegedly threatened to set himself on fire on Friday, December 11, Manchester Evening News reports.

In police bodycam footage, a male cop is standing outside an address in Market Street, Farnworth, Bolton, when a man suddenly starts yelling and the camera shakes, as the officer radios for backup.

The video then cuts to the door being rammed through, with smoke and flames billowing in the entrance.

An officer shouts: "Fire, fire!"

The suspect appears to be yelling as the bodycam footage shakes and police officers try to get him to safety and arrest him.

He was taken to hospital where he was assessed for smoke inhalation and minor injuries and has since been discharged and remains in custody.

In a statement published this morning, Greater Manchester police said Christian Smith was charged with one count of arson with intent to endanger life, one count of affray, one count of actual bodily harm to a police officer and one count of harassment.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear before Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on Monday, December 14, police said.

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A police officer was taken to the hospital and was treated by an eye specialist for suspected chemical burns.

He has since been discharged but requires further assessment later this week.

GMP Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts has praised the "bravery" of the officers involved in the arrest.

"This was a challenging situation which highlights the dangerous conditions our officers are often faced with when carrying out their duties to protect our community and those who are in need of our help," he said.

"Every single day our officers are willing and prepared to do everything within their powers, including putting themselves in harm's way, in order to protect our most vulnerable victims, including those of domestic violence.

"I would like to commend the bravery of our officers and partners in this situation who managed to safely detain the suspect despite the challenges that were thrown in their direction.

"One of our officers was taken to hospital with chemical burn injuries, and we are lucky that those injuries were not even more severe.

"I only hope this footage that we are sharing today can give an insight to the public of the resilience and commitment of our officers to go the extra mile to protect vulnerable members of our communities."

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