A man was shot and killed Wednesday after he allegedly poured gasoline on a woman and tried to set her on fire before charging a Bakersfield police officer.
The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in the department's officer-involved shooting investigations, he said in a statement.
Next, he walked over to the woman who was pumping her vehicle with gas in the 2100 block of East Brundage Lane. The woman's children were inside the vehicle.
The man removed the gas nozzle from her vehicle, poured gasoline on the ground and on the woman's pants and tried to set her on fire with a lighter, he said.
When the officer arrived at the scene, police said, the man ignored his orders and charged him, carrying a possible bicycle lock. The officer then fired one shot at the man.