Body identified as local resident

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, December 8, 2018

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The man who apparently set himself on fire and jumped from a bridge on Texas 114 on the south side of Bridgeport Nov. 30, has been identified as a 20-year-old Bridgeport resident.

Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said Tuesday that the Dallas County Medical Examiner had positively identified the man as Lance Coe. Coe was a 2016 graduate of Bridgeport High School, according to Wise County Messenger archives.

Stanford said a suspicious person call came in around 6:40 a.m. about a man walking up and down the viaduct over the railroad tracks. The police department soon after received a second call about a fire on the bridge with no one around.

The chief said Coe had apparently doused himself in gasoline, and the fire on the bridge was likely from the gasoline that had spilled onto the ground.

Officers responded to the scene and found Coe below the bridge.

“They ran down there. He was still on fire. They used their fire extinguishers to put him out, but he had already passed,” Stanford said.

Coe was pronounced dead at the scene and sent to the medical examiners office.

Coe was featured in a 2014 Wise County Messenger story as a member of Bridgeport High School’s robotics club. Coe, a junior at the time, was on the marketing team for the robot.

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