UPDATE: Man Fatally Shot After Threatening Police With Scissors

The St. Petersburg man also doused himself with gasoline and threatened to ignite a lighter.

UPDATED: A 43-year-old man who poured gasoline on himself and threatened to ignite a lighter was shot by officers after he tried to attack them with scissors, according to a written press statement Sunday night.

Arthur Allen Dixon Jr. was treated by paramedics outside his mother's St. Petersburg home and transported to Bayfront Medical Center as a trauma alert. He died from his injuries a short time later.

Police were summoned to the unidentified woman's home at 6:10 p.m. Sunday, in the 5400 block of 4th Avenue North. She called 911 to say that her adult son was threatening to kill himself.

Officers surrounded the house, after the man refused to come outside. Police learned he had poured gasoline on himself and was holding a lighter, threatening to ignite it.

After talking to the officers through a front window for an hour, the man ran out the back door carrying a pair of scissors. He raised the scissors "in a threatening manner" and approached two officers who were stationed in the back yard.

According to police:

"The officers drew their firearms, gave the subject several warnings to halt and
attempted to retreat backwards; however the subject continued to advance to a
point where both officers discharged their weapons. The subject was struck in the upper torso and immediately fell to the ground."

At 9 p.m., investigators were still on the scene, after the man was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

The officers involved in the shooting, Devin Jones, 27, and Curtis Wright, 30, will be placed on administrative leave pending further investigation by the
Investigative Services Bureau and Internal affairs Unit of the St. Petersburg
Police Department as well the State Attorney's Office.

Additional details regarding the incident will be released at the conclusion
of those investigations, according to a written statement from police.

Jackass March 11, 2013 at 02:14 AM
Can you say coo coo for cocoa puffs...?
Mike Funkhowser March 11, 2013 at 09:18 AM
I don't know ... I think this illustrates how law enforcement deals with the mentally ill. The man is covered in gasoline and threatening self-immolation, and he comes at the cops with scissors, which would have to be close proximity to inflict injury. So the response is to shoot him fatally? A shot to a limb to take him down isn't sufficient? You gotta go for the head or heart? Yes, he could inflict a stab wound, but a shot to a leg, arm or stomach (which could be fatal) isn't sufficient? Clearly the man was coo coo for cocoa puffs as the other poster states, but it's not like he was pointing a .45 at the cops. I thought they were trained to deal with the mentally ill. OK, everybody trash me now.
sparky March 11, 2013 at 01:10 PM
He was blind in one eye and had a brain injury. This was an unnecessary killing. That is correct, killing. The fire depart met was there in turnout gear because of the gasoline, they could have knocked him down wit a hose stream if the police were unwilling to shoot him in the leg or some non-fatal area. I feel so much safer in St. Petersburg knowing that at first opportunity the police will shoot me my family or my pets in order to preserve the crease in their pants. That's the pants with the brown spot on the rear.
Patriot March 11, 2013 at 02:06 PM
This is what a police state starts out looking like. Overaggressive officers, where do they gets this mentality? From there training, they are being trained to be aggressive. No more "Adam 12", remember the old m.o."To protect & serve"? Not any more! Darn uncivil if you ask me!
Justice March 11, 2013 at 03:05 PM
This is a very sad. I think that since the murders of Officer Crawford, Baitinger and Yaslowitz, the officer's on edge. They have the mentality of "shoot to kill or be killed." But I remember when I had to call them for a guy that was threatening suicide, (he actually had the knife to his throat)...well, the police came with guns drawn! I immediately started screaming at them and said, "Hey, I didn't call you to shoot him!" One of the officer's told me that they had rubber bullets! And I tell you, when they shot him with a couple of those rubber bullets, the guy dropped the knife and they were able to get him the help he needed! I think that rubber bullets could have been used in this situation! The officers are on "paid" administrative leave, which they will be cleared to return to work because the shooting will be justified!
Todd March 11, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Good job by our police. THEY got to go home.
Todd March 11, 2013 at 06:11 PM
You can analyze this on your keyboard all you want but until you are IN that scenario, save it.
Justice March 11, 2013 at 07:27 PM
I agree with you also, Todd. I am glad that the officers were able to go home. I think OUR SPPD does a great job! I just wish that it would have ended another way. But we don't know the entire situation of what happened there. Just like the shooting Friday night on 18th Ave South and 37th Street, that could have ended up worse than it did, but thankfully it didn't.
Ken March 11, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Sorry, What about tazers? After all, don't cops routinely tazer kids and old people all the time? WTF is wrong with the St. Petersburg cops? No batteries . . . just bullets. Sciissors? Scissors? Were they pointy scissors? Did the cops have flak vests on? Did they have batons? Did they have pepper spray? C'mon here. These assclowns look like the Obamacare Death Panelists.
Patriot March 12, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Yes I can Todd....you save it....
Patriot March 12, 2013 at 01:11 PM
You said it Ken! Surprised Obama did not send a drone in and missile the crazy guy! MY God this is insane, Andy Griffith would have sat down and ate pie with the guy and fixed him all up inside of 30 minutes....these scared little officers shoot him 4 times.....scumbags!
Sam March 12, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Pigs with weapon and no brain is a bad thing. They were called to save him not to shoot at him. Stupid pigs. They could have just shot him in the leg to disable him. They should go to jail so other criminals can beat them up all the time.


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