The police chief in Raleigh, North Carolina, says officers have shot and killed a man who was throwing Molotov cocktails and setting cars on fire near a police station
RALEIGH, N.C. — Officers shot and killed a man Saturday afternoon who was throwing Molotov cocktails and setting cars on fire near a police station in Raleigh, North Carolina, authorities said.
The confrontation began after an officer observed a man lighting vehicles on fire in a parking lot near a district station at around 1:20 p.m., Police Chief Estella Patterson said at a news conference.
The officer called for assistance, and three other officers came to help, she said, and the officers ordered the man to stop. Patterson said the man continued to throw Molotov cocktails, ultimately tossing them near the officers.
“Multiple officers then discharged their weapons, and the individual was struck multiple times,” Patterson said.
Police then moved the man away from two vehicles that had become engulfed in flames and attempted life-saving efforts, Patterson said. He was taken to a hospital but died.
Body cameras were active, as well as cameras outside the police station that captured events, Patterson said. She added that firefighters arrived quickly and put out the vehicle fires.