Published October 25, 2007
PHOENIX, Arizona – A California coroner has identified an Arizona man shot and killed by police who chased him because they thought he was a possible arsonist.
The San Bernardino County coroner says the man was 27-year-old Russell Lane Daves of Topock, a small town along the Arizona-Nevada border.
Daves was shot Tuesday night following a chase that ended when he backed his car into a police cruiser and an officer opened fire.
The chase started after campus security officers at California State University, San Bernardino, found Daves inside a car in a brushy area near campus. Police say the officers were concerned and wanted to make sure he wasn't trying to start a fire. When they approached, he drove off.