Burglary Suspect Caught Chugging Gasoline Before Arrest

(RepublicanJournal.org) – Police in Seattle, Washington, moved quickly to keep everyone involved safe during a recent break-in call. The suspect sparked a disturbing turn of events when, as law enforcement closed in, he started chugging gasoline. One of the officers caught the unsettling event on his bodycam.

The Seattle Police Department issued a press release detailing the encounter, which occurred after police received a 911 call at approximately 11:30 a.m. on August 18. According to the account, a 17-year-old female, who was home alone during the incident, had informed her father that someone armed with a wooden stick was attempting to break in. The father immediately called for the police to investigate.

Local reporting station KIRO 7 stated that the suspect, 40-year-old Christopher Michael Abbott, entered the house through a window. The man reportedly talked to himself while scouring the home’s kitchen for food. Afterward, he retreated into the house’s garage.

When officers arrived, the teenage girl inside was reportedly too scared to go to the door. They also heard banging inside. Fearing for the girl’s safety, officers broke through the front door and searched through the home. By the time they reached the garage, the suspect had locked himself inside the homeowner’s car with a gasoline can and a hammer. Officers gave the man one warning when he started to guzzle the gas, and then they shattered the driver’s side window and dragged him out of the vehicle. He received medical care on the scene after he began to vomit the ingested fuel.

Officers, upon continuing their search, found the teenage girl upstairs and escorted her outside.

Gasoline exposure, to both the liquid and its vapors, can cause serious harm to the human body. The CDC states that vapors can be asphyxiating in enclosed areas, and ingestion can lead to vertigo, vomiting, confusion, convulsions, internal organ hemorrhaging, and fatal circulatory failure.

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