Posted Dec. 26, 2013
Asa James Dolak, a 19-year-old white male, was shot and killed by police Thursday, Dec. 26, on a middle school campus in Torrance.
Dolak had set fire to the apartment shared by his ex-girlfriend and their 2-year-old son earlier that day, authorities said, then set his mother's home ablaze. Torrance police found him with a knife at Madrona Middle School, where school was not in session, about 1:35 p.m.
Torrance Police Sgt. Robert Watt said Dolak made it clear in telephone conversations with officers that he did not intend to be taken into custody without a fight.
"He threatened his family and threatened to kill police if confronted," Watt said. "We took that threat very serious."
The chain of events began just after midnight, when Dolak set fire to an apartment in the 16700 block of Crenshaw Boulevard. Fire crews and officers responded, rescuing the toddler.
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