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Man dies 17 months after being set on fire in roadside altercation

Christopher Harrison Jr. pled guilty on July 28, 2016 to charges of 1st Degree Assault and Reckless Endangerment, for which he was sentenced to 20 years and 5 years imprisonment, to be served consecutively. (Photo courtesy Baltimore County Police)

WHITE MARSH, Md. (WBFF) – A 25-year-old man has died, 17 months after being inadvertently set on fire during an altercation, police announced on Tuesday.

He was one of two victims set on fire on December 4, 2015 in the area of Pulaski Highway and Allender Road, in White Marsh. According to investigators, David Benjamin Campbell and Shawn Michael Scarinzi had run out of gas and were returning with gasoline containers when Campbell and Christopher Harrison Jr., began to argue.

During the argument, Campbell punched Harrison, police said.

“Harrison doused Campbell with gasoline and lit him on fire,” police described in a release. “Scarinzi, who was standing near Campbell with a container of gasoline, also became engulfed in flames. Both victims remained hospitalized until the time of their deaths.”

According to investigators, Harrison and Campbell were involved in an ongoing dispute at work.

Campbell, 22, died on January 7, 2017 and his death was ruled a homicide. Scarinzi, 25, died on May 22, 2017. Police say the results of his autopsy are pending.

A warrant charging Harrison with homicide was issued on May 16. He was already in custody, as he was arrested at the time of the incident and held without bail.

Harrison pled guilty on July 28, 2016 to charges of 1st Degree Assault and Reckless Endangerment, for which he was sentenced to 20 years and 5 years imprisonment, to be served consecutively.

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