Officer Kills Man Who Tried to Set Woman on Fire

BAKERSFIELD (AP) — Authorities in Central California say a police officer shot and killed a man who splashed gasoline on a woman and tried setting her on fire.

Sgt. Joe Grubbs of the Bakersfield Police Department said Wednesday that the officer shot the man at a gas station when it appeared he had a gun in his hand; the object turned out to be a bicycle lock. The man was shot once in the body and died at a hospital.

Grubbs tells the Bakersfield Californian that the man had been at the gas station for about three hours, knocking things over and acting erratically.

Grubbs says the man pumped gas on the ground and then splashed the woman, whom the man didn’t know.

Police say the man then tried setting the woman on fire with a lighter.

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