WEED — Police in northern California shot and killed a man Thursday after he allegedly tried to set a bus station on fire, steal a police car, fought with police and tried to injure officers and a police dog during two arrest attempts, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department reported.
The man's name is being withheld until family members have been notified of his death, officials said.
Weed police a first encountered the man at about 9 p.m. after catching him trying to start a fire on the wood porch of the Greyhound bus stop, located on South Weed Boulevard. The reason he started the fire is not yet known.
"That's part of the investigation right now," said Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Allison Giannini. "There are a lot of things that are a little unclear."
When police asked the man to extinguish the fire, he refused. When police tried to arrest him, he fought back, prompting the officer to use a stun gun on him. The scuffle escalated and the stun gun fell to the ground. The man then jumped into the first officer's police car in an attempt to drive away. After the officer jumped in and sprayed the man with pepper spray, the man jumped back out of the car and fled on foot, snatching the dropped stun gun on his way.
Additional officers from Weed Police, California Highway Patrol and the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department responded at 9:15 p.m. Investigators found the man at the nearby intersection of Shastina Drive and the Interstate 5 overpass after a quick search of the area. They deployed a police canine to try to subdue the man, but he fought back again and tried to injure the dog, officials reported. Police opened fire and killed the man because of his extreme level of violent behavior, officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The case remains under investigation by police and the California Department of Justice Crime Lab out of Redding. Anyone with additional information about the case should contact Detective Marc Perrin of the Siskiyou County District Attorney's Criminal Investigative Bureau at 530-842-8125.
— Ryan Pfeil