STONY BROOK – Parking lot of AMC Lowes Movie Theater, 2150 Nesconset Highway / Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 11:23 p.m.
A Suffolk County Police officer saved a man who lit himself on fire in an attempt to commit suicide in Stony Brook last night.
Sixth Precinct Police Officer Matthew Merced, assisting Sixth Squad detectives, located a 42-year-old Centereach man in the parking lot of AMC Lowes Movie Theater, located at 2150 Nesconset Highway, who had been reported missing earlier in the evening. Officer Merced spoke briefly with the man and then contacted a family member regarding his location.
When he was removed from the vehicle, the lower portion of the man’s body was on fire and Officer Merced extinguished his clothing by rolling the victim on the ground and smothering the flames with a sweatshirt.
The man was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of his burns and further evaluation. Officer Merced suffered injuries to his shoulder and arm and was treated and released at Stony Brook University Hospital.