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Man arrested after a Seattle police car is set on fire with an officer inside

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A man is in custody after allegedly setting fire to a police car while an officer was still inside, according to police in Seattle.

(CNN)A man is in custody after he allegedly threw a flaming piece of wood into a police car while an officer was inside, according to police in Seattle.

Authorities say the officer was looking for a suspect reportedly carrying a burning piece of wood in the South Lake Union neighborhood.

When the officer confronted him, the suspect allegedly threw the burning wood into the police car while the officer was still inside and fled on foot.

Other officers chased him into a parking garage, where they tased him and took him into custody, police said.

I thought the officer was still in the car, the driver's seat was on fire and then within minutes the car was engulfed in flames," a witness said told CNN affiliate KIRO.

As officers were arresting the suspect, the flames from the burning wood engulfed the patrol vehicle, police said.

Seattle police say one officer was taken to the hospital.

Neither the suspect nor the injured officer have been identified.

One of the officers is believed to have discharged a firearm during the incident, but the suspect was not hit.

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