California police kill man with fuel can in minivan

2017-03-13 19:19
Police checking the area where the shooting occurred. (File, AP)

Police checking the area where the shooting occurred. (File, AP)

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Orange - Officials said on Monday that California police shot a man dead after he barricaded himself inside a minivan with a fuel can and a lighter during a traffic stop before emerging with a knife.

Officers in the Los Angeles suburb of Orange pulled over the white minivan for a vehicle code violation when the driver shut himself inside with a cigarette and lighter and poured the petrol onto a rag, said Orange police spokesperson Fred Lopez.

"We felt this guy was going to light himself on fire or blow up the car," Lopez said.

Police broke the minivan's windows and used a fire hose to flush the man out and protect people at a 24-hour laundry and other businesses in a surrounding strip mall, Lopez said.

Moments later, the man exited through the driver's side window. Officers tried to arrest him when he reached behind his back and pulled out a knife, Lopez said.

The man, who was described as in his 30s, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, police said. He was not immediately identified by authorities.

Lopez declined to say how many shots were fired.

The shooting is being investigated by the county district attorney's office.

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