Portland Officer Mistakes OC Spray for Fire Extinguisher!

Portland Officer Mistakes OC Spray for Fire Extinguisher!

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    Portland Officer Mistakes OC Spray for Fire Extinguisher!

    Police accidentally pepper sprayed man on fire in Portland | KREM 2 News | KREM.com | When it Matters Most | Northwest News

    PORTLAND A Portland police officer was taking time off after a "traumatic incident" where a man on fire was accidentally pepper sprayed while officers and bystanders were trying to douse the flames, the chief said Thursday.

    Investigators said 26-year-old Daniel Schaull doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire at the intersection of SW 12th Ave. and Yamhill Wednesday morning, according to police. He was taken to the hospital and died Wednesday evening.

    Chief Rosie Sizer said while trying to put out the flames the first officer on the scene accidentally grabbed a pepper gas canister from the patrol vehicle, rather than a fire extinguisher. Fire investigators said the pepper gas in no way fanned the flames and did nothing to worsen the situation, since it was water-based. Both canisters are red in color and similar in size.

    Sizer said the man was also intentionally avoiding the extinguishers.

    Witnesses told KGW that they'd heard someone screaming for help and a man engulfed in flames, running down the street. A Portland officer had just pulled up at the intersection when she noticed the flames and smoke and ran to help. Bystanders and another officer also helped put out the fire.

    Firefighters arrived just after 11 a.m. to find Schaull significantly burned.

    Portland's police and fire bureaus jointly investigated. Police Bureau Lt. Damon Simmons would not comment on the cause of death and said medical examiners would be conducting an autopsy.

    Simmons added that police were continuing their investigation.

    Sizer said the officer felt "terrible" about the incident and was taken a few days off.
    hehe... oops
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    I'm sure the guy already had burning eyes and respiratory distress anyway, a little OC couldn't hurt.
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    That'll teach him to violate a city no burn ordinance
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    He must have been a little burned out..

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    Before someone asks, yes, there are indeed OC spray devices the size of fire extinguishers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexster View Post
    Before someone asks, yes, there are indeed OC spray devices the size of fire extinguishers.
    But, do they have a safety pin similar to a extinguisher, or operate close to the same, what I am saying is----- would it be an easy mistake, or does the officers cherry's not go all the way around???


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    Wow! The dead guy must have been afraid of 'heights'...
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    Maybe she was trying to subdue him so the flames could be put out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SleepingZ View Post
    But, do they have a safety pin similar to a extinguisher, or operate close to the same, what I am saying is----- would it be an easy mistake, or does the officers cherry's not go all the way around???


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    My agency's patrol guys only use the small size, but I saw a brochure with very large, clear photos, for the same brand as our small ones, and the ones that are the size of fire extinguishers do look just like fire extinguishers, and the controls did look the same.

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    I do not think that little OC spray made much difference in this case.
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    The word on the street says he was in front of a fur store and he set himself on fire in protest. Stupidity has its consequences.

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    Note to self-immolators, you'll be categorized as one of two types, and only one of two types: buddhist monk or nutter.

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    Chalk one up for the Darwin awards. And the cop should get honorable mention. Man I hope I never need help from the cops in a critical situation.(yes I know some are great and a few of my friends are LE, but seriously? Pepper spray?)
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