Distraught man lights himself on fire at East Vancouver McDonald’s

VANCOUVER Police on Thursday night tried to negotiate with a distraught man who was threatening to light himself on fire, but despite the efforts of the officers, the man lit himself on fire.

Just after 9 p.m., a man in his 30s, entered a McDonald’s restaurant near Commercial Drive and East Broadway Avenue, carrying a gasoline can and threatening to harm himself.

Negotiations with the man were unsuccessful, and he lit himself and parts of the restaurant on fire. Officers used less lethal arwen rounds and members from Vancouver Fire and Rescue used a high pressure water hose on the man.

The man was transported to hospital with serious burn injuries. The restaurant sustained some property damage.

The Independent Investigations Office of BC is now investigating.