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.