An “obviously disturbed” man grabbed a bottle of rubbing alcohol from a supermarket shelf, poured the contents on his body, then used a lighter to set himself on fire in an incident captured by the store’s surveillance camera.
The incident occurred at a Kroger store in Covington, Ga., on Tuesday. The man sustained second-degree burns and was transported to a hospital. Three police officers sustained minor injuries when they came to assist him, the Covington News reported.
“He was obviously disturbed. He was pulling things off the shelves and he was throwing them on the ground. He took rubbing alcohol from the shelves and drenched himself with it. He lunged at an officer,” Covington Police Capt. Ken Malcom told the newspaper. “Officers were able to tackle him. He had a lighter on him and he set himself on fire.”
Malcom said officers extinguished the fire quickly, but two of them received minor burns while a third officer was sprayed in the face with the fire extinguisher.
Tim Singleton, 26, was charged with aggravated assault and other offenses.
Store manager Horace McCullough, who’s been with Kroger for 30 years, told the Covington News, “this is the first time I’ve ever seen or heard of something like this. People have set fire to stores before, but never themselves. It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever seen.”
Charlotte Epps was writing a check for her groceries when the store was evacuated and didn’t get a chance to pay, so she waited for store officials to square things away.
“I accidentally stole this greeting card,” she said.
This story has been updated.