Man sets himself on fire after yelling about election results at Akron coffee shop

Published: Nov. 21, 2016 at 1:36 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 22, 2016 at 2:41 PM EST
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AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The Akron Fire Department says that a 69-year-old man set himself on fire Saturday after yelling about the election results in a local coffee shop.

The department says the man, who was dressed in a U.S. Marine Corps uniform, walked into Angel Falls Coffee on South Highland Ave. yelling about the recent protests over the election results.

He then left the coffee shop and approached a passerby and handed the passerby his cellphone and asked him to video record him, according to the police report.

Police said the man grabbed a can of gasoline from his car and set himself on fire. A witness in a nearby business ran out and extinguished the flames.

The man was taken to an area hospital where he is being treated in the burn unit. He is in stable condition at Akron Children's Hospital Burn Center. Police said he has a long road to recovery.

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