10/25/2007

University police fatally shoot Calif. arsonist

By Hector Becerra and Maeve Reston
The Los Angeles Times

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. Amid worries of new blazes adding to the firestorm already afflicting the region, a man in Hesperia has been arrested on suspicion of arson, and police reported shooting and killing another arson suspect after chasing him out of scrub behind Cal State San Bernardino.

Law enforcement officials said today that they didn't know whether either of the men had started any of the more than a dozen large fires that have devastated Southern California in recent days, including the nearby Lake Arrowhead blaze. The brush fire in Hesperia was quickly extinguished by residents.
 
Investigators have said that at least two of the huge wildfires, one in Orange County and the other in Temecula, were the work of arsonists.

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