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    Police officer seriously burned when hit by Molotov cocktail

    April 16, 2021 GMT

    STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. (AP) — A Ste. Genevieve police officer was recovering from serious burns he suffered early Friday when his uniform caught fire after a man threw a Molotov cocktail at him, police said.

    The officer was responding to a disturbance call when he encountered the man outside his parents’ home, holding a bottle filled with flammable liquid, police said.

    The man lit the bottle and refused the officer’s orders to drop it. The officer used his Taser on the man but “it was ineffective,” Police Chief Eric Bennett.

    When the Molotov cocktail was thrown at the officer, it broke on his arm, burning his arms, legs and torso. He rolled on the ground to extinguish the flames while the suspect’s family tried to help him with an outdoor water faucet, Bennett said.

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    Bennett said the officer, a man in his 30s has been with the Ste. Genevieve department on and off for at least 12 years, was alert after being flown to a St. Louis hospital, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

    The Ste. Genevieve County sheriff’s office will investigate the case. A 30-year-old suspect was being held at the county jail.