Cop rescues disturbed man on Long Island from fire

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An emotionally disturbed man who apparently set himself on fire was pulled to safety by a police officer (WABC)

Investigators said a police officer pulled a man from a fiery car in Stony Brook Wednesday night.

Around 11 p.m., a Suffolk County Police Department officer was in a parking lot at the intersection of Nesconset Highway and Stony Brook Road when he found a man police had been seeking for unknown reasons.

Police said the officer was questioning the man when he started fighting with the officer and set himself on fire while still inside his vehicle.

The officer pulled the man from the burning SUV and the man was taken to Stony Brook Hospital for evaluation of non-life threatening injuries. The vehicle fire was extinguished by the Stony Brook Fire Department.

Police said the man was emotionally disturbed.

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