Man accused of pouring petrol on cop

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A Canberra man has allegedly poured petrol over a police officer as he resisted arrest in a family violence incident.

ACT police on Tuesday night attempted to arrest a 43-year-old man who had allegedly assaulted his ex-partner after breaking a window and threatening to set the Tuggeranong residence on fire.

Police say they found the man out the back of the property in a shed, where he had allegedly poured petrol over a freezer and set it alight.

As police attempted to remove the man from the shed, he allegedly poured petrol on one officer while trying to light another fire.

A Canberra man has allegedly poured petrol over a police officer as he attempted to light a freezer on fire in a family violence incident.A Canberra man has allegedly poured petrol over a police officer as he attempted to light a freezer on fire in a family violence incident.

He violently resisted arrest, police allege, before eventually being sprayed and placed in handcuffs.

A family member extinguished the fire with a garden hose.

The man has been charged with aggravated assault occasioning bodily harm, aggravated assault, property damage, assaulting a frontline community service provider, acts endangering life, use of an inflammable device and resisting a territory official.

He was scheduled to appear on Wednesday in ACT Magistrates Court, where his bail would be opposed.

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