Man seriously injured after setting himself on fire outside south London government office: SIU

Police say the man suffered injuries during the interaction with police, and was taken to hospital for treatment. Global News

A 48-year-old man is in hospital with serious injuries after setting himself on fire outside of the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada office in London’s south end on Friday, the province’s police watchdog said.

According to the Special Investigations Unit, which has invoked its mandate, the incident happened outside the Exeter Road government office around 1 p.m. Emergency crews were called to the scene after a 911 call was made regarding a man in distress who was threatening to harm himself.

“Officers arrived at the scene and attempted to communicate with the man,” the SIU said in a media release.

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The agency says two officers at the scene fired plastic projectiles from an ARWEN, or Anti Riot Weapon ENfield, at the man, who then set himself on fire. Fire crews at the scene managed to extinguish him, and the man was rushed to hospital with serious injuries where he remained Friday night.

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Few other details are known, and the police watchdog says it has assigned three investigators and one forensic investigator to the case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the SIU at 1-800-787-8529.

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