Police kill man near Weed after two arrest attempts

WEED, CALIF. — Police in Northern California shot and killed a man Thursday after he allegedly tried to set a bus station on fire, fought with police, attempted to steal a police car, and tried to injure officers and a police dog during two arrest attempts, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department reported.

The man was identified late Friday as 32-year-old Steven Hughes Henning of Whitefish, Mont.

Weed police said they first encountered Henning at about 9 p.m. after catching him trying to start a fire on the wood porch of the Greyhound bus stop, located on South Weed Boulevard. The reason he started the fire is not known.

"That's part of the investigation right now," said Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Allison Giannini. "There are a lot of things that are a little unclear."

When police asked Henning to extinguish the fire, he refused, police said.

When police tried to arrest him, he reportedly fought back, prompting an officer to use a stun gun on him. The scuffle escalated, and the stun gun fell to the ground.

Henning then jumped into a police car and tried to drive away, police said, so an officer jumped in and sprayed him with pepper spray.

Henning jumped out of the car and fled on foot, snatching the dropped stun gun on his way, police said.

Additional officers from the Weed police, California Highway Patrol and the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department responded at 9:15 p.m. After a search of the area, police found Henning at the intersection of Shastina Drive and the Interstate 5 overpass. They deployed a police canine to try to subdue the suspect, but he fought back and tried to injure the dog, police reported. Police opened fire and killed Henning "because of his extreme level of violent behavior," officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The case remains under investigation by police and the California Department of Justice Crime Lab out of Redding, Calif. Anyone with information about the case should contact Detective Marc Perrin of the Siskiyou County District Attorney's Criminal Investigative Bureau at 530-842-8125.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com.

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