Macy's parking lot serves as venue for fiery public suicide

Posted: August 02, 2012

A bizarre scene unfolded Wednesday night when police say cops driving by the Macy's at the Roosevelt Mall and spotted a car and the body of a man engulfed in flames on the edge of the parking lot.

The officers attempted to smother the flames on the man's body using a body bag while awaiting the arrival of firefighters, Chief Inspector Scott Small said at the scene.

Police said firefighters arrived a few minutes later, just after 7 p.m., and doused the flames, but the man was already dead. Cops said his body was found about 15 feet from a torched green Honda and that a melted plastic gasoline container was found on the floor of the car by the passenger seat.

Preliminarily, cops said they believe the 47-year-old man, who lived in the neighborhood, committed suicide. His body was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office for a full autopsy to be performed.

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