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Immolation leads to counseling offer

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Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

July 7, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Counseling is available to three Dougherty County Police officers who saw a man doused himself with gas and set himself on fire.

36-year old Tony Shipman died Sunday of the burns. The DCP officers were negotiating with the man after they were called to his mobile home on Holly Drive Friday on a domestic violence call.

Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek says the suicide was one of the most gruesome and traumatic events his officers have witnessed. 

"We want to make sure if they have emotional issues with this, and it would be almost impossible not to. This is just something that no one should have to witness happening," Cheek said.

Shipman was on parole from Tennessee and told Police he was not going back to prison, then set himself on fire.

Police are still investigating his background to see if they've responded to any other domestic disputes involving him.

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