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Man 'pours petrol on cop, tries to ignite lighter while being arrested' at ACT home

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A man allegedly tried to set fire to a police officer as he was being arrested at a Canberra home over a domestic violence incident.

The 43-year-old man allegedly poured petrol on the officer and tried to ignite the fuel with a lighter while "violently resisting arrest" at a home in Tuggeranong about 8pm yesterday.

Police had found him at the back of the home in a shed, where a freezer was on fire, with the man having allegedly poured petrol on it and set it alight.

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Officers used capsicum spray on the man and arrested him.

The fire was safely put out.

Police had been called to the home over a report the man had allegedly assaulted his ex-partner, broken into the home by smashing a window and had threatened to set the house on fire.

The man was taken to hospital for assessment and then charged with aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm, aggravated assault, property damage, assault a frontline community service provider, acts endangering life, use of an inflammable device and resist a Territory Official.

He is due to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court today, where police will oppose bail.

f you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au.



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