(Source: CBS 5 News) Phoenix police said the officer drew his personal handgun and shot the neighbor just before 10 p.m. at a small apartment complex near Central Avenue and Camelback Road.
An off-duty Arizona Department of Transportation peace officer shot and killed a neighbor in apparent self-defense during an argument in central Phoenix on Sunday night, police said.
Phoenix police said the officer drew his personal handgun and shot 43-year-old Quentine Barksdale about 9 p.m. at a small apartment complex near Central Avenue and Camelback Road, police said.
Sgt. Steve Martos said the officer told investigators he shot the man in self-defense after the man tried to pour gasoline on him outside the apartments.
Police said the officer was walking to his apartment when he heard a noise coming from a Dumpster. He said when he went to investigate he was confronted by a man in a ski mask.
The officer said the man in the mask tossed a bucket of liquid at him, and that it smelled like gasoline, and then the man charged the ADOT employee. The employee said he backed away and saw the man reach into his pockets for what he feared was a gun. He said he then drew his weapon, fired and struck who was later identified as Barksdale.
Police said the man had accused the peace officer of recently burglarizing his home, and that might have led to the confrontation.
The ADOT employee's identity was not released.
Officers are part of the department's ADOT's Enforcement and Compliance Division, according to Timothy Tait of ADOT. The peace officer involved in the shooting is certified, according to Martos.
Officers closely examine commercial vehicle safety, and can initiate traffic stops only under limited circumstances, such as registration violations; motorists who are a clear and present danger to others, such as a suspected impaired driver, fulfilling a duty to act; to assist disabled motorists; to stop commercial vehicles that fail to stop as required at ports or inspection stations.
Officers do not engage in active patrols and operations are centered around ports of entry or inspection locations, Tait said.
Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News as this story develops.
Copyright 2013 KPHO Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved. (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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