Police Fatally Shoot Suicidal Man That Doused Himself With Gasoline

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — St. Petersburg police fatally shot a 43-year-old man who doused himself with gasoline shortly before threatening officers with a pair of scissors.

A woman called police Sunday evening to say her son was threatening suicide.

Arthur Allen Dixon Jr. refused to let police inside. They he was holding a lighter and threatening to ignite himself.

According to police, the officers tried negotiating with Dixon, but eventually he ran out the back door where two officers were stationed. He held a pair of scissors as he approached the officers. They warned him to stop but he continued toward them in a threatening manner. Both officers fired. Dixon died at 10:18 p.m.

Officers Delvin Jones and Curtis Wright were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, which is a standard procedure.

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