- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 6, 2014

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Police in Central California shot and killed a man Wednesday afternoon after he poured gasoline on a woman’s pants and tried to set her on fire.

The unidentified man was armed with what witnesses described as a U-shaped bicycle lock, and was shot after he ignored an officer’s commands to drop to the ground and charged at them, Sgt. Joe Grubbs said in a statement.

The officer fired one shot and was five to 10 feet away. The man was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Grubbs said the man had been at the gas station for several hours, acting erratically by throwing outdoor furniture, striking a fence with a metal object and yelling obscenities and screaming.

The woman was at the station pumping gas when the man pulled the nozzle out of her car and poured gasoline on the ground and on her and tried to ignite the fuel with a lighter, Grubbs said.

Grubbs said the woman was not hurt.


Information from: The Bakersfield Californian, https://www.bakersfield.com

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