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Man sets woman on fire, threatens to kill 3-year-old girl, leads cops on chase: police


A Memphis police officer holds the little girl, who was unharmed. (Memphis Police Department)

A domestic assault turned into a wild police chase across two southern states Tuesday after authorities said a man kidnapped the victim’s niece overnight, threatened to kill the child and rammed his car into a cruiser, injuring at least two cops.

Police in Memphis, Tenn., said the suspect approached an officer while driving a white Cadillac about 3 a.m. and told the cop he would kill the 3-year-old girl who was in his car if he couldn’t use a phone. The officer got out of the car and tried to approach the man, whose name has yet to be released, but the driver suddenly fled the scene, according to a news release.

Authorities said the suspect identified as 42-year-old Jeremy Manning, had driven to Tennessee from Olive Branch, a Mississippi city about 20 miles south of Memphis, where he had assaulted a woman and set her on fire. She was taken to the hospital with second- and third-degree burns, according to Fox 13.

Memphis police said they chased the suspect all the way back to Olive Branch, where he crashed into a police car, causing the vehicle to strike another cruiser. The two officers inside those squad cars were taken to the hospital with non-critical injuries.

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Manning then abandoned his Cadillac with the girl inside and fled from cops on foot, police said. Officers eventually found him and took into custody. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation because police said he had apparently ingested narcotics.

Police on Tuesday tweeted a photo of an officer holding the child, who was not injured.