by Jeff Taylor
From Portland, Ore. — official planning model of the city of Charlotte — comes this tale of woe. The Oregonian reports:
A Portland police officer accidentally used pepper spray instead of a fire extinguisher on a man who lit himself on fire downtown near a fur store Wednesday. … When the officer went to get a fire extinguisher out of the trunk of her patrol car, she accidentally grabbed a large can of pepper spray used in riot control. … The officer, who has been on the job for fewer than 10 years, did not know she had used pepper spray until she got back to central precinct, [police] said. Another officer found the empty can later at the scene.
Yikes! I mean yikes. The man later died a local hospital.