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Man hospitalized after setting himself on fire in front of Portland police

Portland police tried but could not prevent a man from setting himself on fire Sunday.

The man is hospitalized with critical injuries. He was not immediately identified.

According to police, at 12:12 p.m. on May 29, North Precinct officers received a call of a possible restraining order violation in the 3700 block of Northeast 114th Avenue. Officers from both North and East Precinct responded to the call.

Police say that when officers arrived, they attempted to contact the subject. As the officers began to attempt to speak with him, he began pouring gasoline on himself.

The primary officer immediately requested an Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) officer and also asked for medical assistance. An ECIT officer arrived as cover and was immediately available. But the subject was not responding to the officers and lighted himself on fire.

Officers were able to get a hose, extinguish the fire, and quickly get him medical attention. Despite these efforts,he suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

The joint Portland Fire/Police Arson investigation team has responded to assist with the investigation.