Officers were called to a park in Granville, near Maryborough, at around 11pm yesterday following reports of a man needing assistance in the area.
“Upon arrival, officers observed the man, who ran from police into the Granville State School with a jerry can and a lighter,” Queensland Police said in a statement.
“When approached by police the man doused himself with petrol.”
The officers tried to talk to the man but he allegedly ended up setting himself on fire.
He received significant burns and was transported to the Maryborough Hospital.
The man was then flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
This matter is under investigation by Ethical Standards Command and is subject to oversight by the Crime and Corruption Commission.
Granville State School posted a statement on Facebook informing people that an “incident” occurred on the school grounds overnight.
“Police will be in attendance all day. The school day will continue as per normal routine,” the school said.
“Please respect the fact that we cannot share any further information.”