A Massachusetts man poured gasoline on an unoccupied police cruiser and cheered after he lit it on fire Tuesday night, police said.
The Southbridge man accused of torching the K-9 cruiser Tuesday night is set to be arraigned Wednesday morning.
Police say 45-year-old Arthur Burnham entered the Southbridge Police Department’s rear parking lot, doused an unoccupied cruiser in gasoline and lit it on fire.
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He was seen cheering with his arms in the air once the cruiser was up in flames.
Burnham has been charged with arson of a motor vehicle and malicious destruction of property.
Walking past the media in handcuffs, Burnham told reporters he did it because his civil rights were "violated."
Authorities say Burnham is well-known to police and has made threats in the past, including, they say, talk of suicide by cop. In fact, officers have had more than a dozen other run-ins with him.
Investigators say each time Burnham has told officers he's been wronged by police.
He remains held on $5,000 cash bail.