A man died early Friday morning after being doused with gasoline and set on fire during a dispute in Valley Glen the night before, police said.
The man, who was described by police as a victim in the altercation between himself and another man, had been taken to the hospital in critical condition following the incident, which occurred about 7 p.m. Thursday in the 6600 block of Woodman Avenue.
“One of the males … grabbed a bottle full of gasoline, poured it over the other, who was still inside the car itself and set it on fire,” said Det. Thomas O’Sullivan with the Los Angeles Police Department.
The flames ignited the car, which exploded, catching both men on fire, O’Sullivan said.
The victim died from his injuries just after 1 a.m., said Sgt. Scida with the Police Department.
The man suspected of starting the fire was still hospitalized Friday morning, but was sedated and in custody, Scida said, adding that it may be a few days before he is released to the LAPD.
He was identified by the Los Angeles Times as the victim’s brother-in-law.
It was unclear what led to the altercation.
A third person, described as a female person of interest in the incident, has been questioned and released, Scida said.
KTLA’s Irvine Last contributed to this report.