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.