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Friday, Aug 08 2014 04:34 PM

BPD identifies officer who fatally shot a man Wednesday

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    The Bakersfield Police Department responded to the TMP Food Mart on Mt. Vernon Avenue and East Brundage Lane Wednesday afternoon where a man who splashed gasoline on a woman and tried to light her on fire was later shot by the police and died at Kern Medical Center.

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Kern County Sheriff's investigators look over the scene of a Bakersfield Police Department officer-involved shooting that occurred at the TMP gas station and convenience store at the northwest corner of Mt. Vernon Avenue and East Brundage Lane Wednesday.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Officer Aaron Stringer has been identified as person who shot and killed a Bakersfield man Wednesday after he allegedly attempted to set a woman on fire.

Stringer shot Michael Laray Dozer, 26, after Dozer reportedly pointed a black metal object at him and charged forward, according to a Bakersfield Police Department news release. Witnesses told police the object was a U-shaped black metal bicycle lock.

The shooting occurred when Stringer, a nine-year veteran of the BPD, responded at 12:32 p.m. to a report at the TMP gas station, in the 2100 block of East Brundage Lane, where witnesses said Dozer had spent three hours acting "erratically."

Dozer eventually took a gas nozzle out of a woman's fuel tank and spilled it on the ground before splashing it on her pants and trying to light it on fire with a lighter. Dozer did not know the customer.

He was taken to Kern Medical Center, where he died at 1:28 p.m.Stringer is on routine paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

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