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Detained man hurt in Metro Transit squad; BCA investigating

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Updated: 5:40 p.m. | Posted: 2:26 p.m.

State authorities are investigating after a man injured himself Saturday in a Metro Transit police squad car.

An incident report from the Minneapolis Fire Department released Monday said the man used a lighter to ignite his clothing while inside the vehicle, and suffered burns across his torso.

Investigators have not released the man's name. He was taken to Hennepin Healthcare for treatment.

The fire department also said one of the police officers suffered minor burns to his hand while pulling the man out of the squad.

Metro Transit said two officers detained a man in connection with an ongoing criminal sexual conduct investigation about 11:30 a.m. Sunday near the U.S. Bank Stadium light rail station.

The officers involved in the incident are on standard administrative leave. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.