Air Force veteran who set himself on fire dies from injuries

Kaylah Jackson
July 05, 2018 - 9:50 am

Photo courtesy of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation


 John Michael Watts, the 58-year-old veteran who lit himself on fire in front of the Georgia State Capitol has died.

Watts, an Air Force veteran was exclaiming his frustrations with the VA before he ignited his vest which was covered in explosive devices and a flammable liquid. After the fire was extinguished by a Georgia State Trooper, he was transported to Grady Hospital. Yesterday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation tweeted out an update stating Watts had died.

A day prior to the incident at the state capitol,  Watts was seen at the office of the Veterans Empowerment Organization in Atlanta. He was inquiring about a permanent living situation and had made an appointment the following day for further assistance.

Watts had no recorded address. 

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