Police are investigating a deadly shooting in a Phoenix neighborhood involving an off-duty Arizona Department of Transportation compliance enforcement officer.
This happened just after 9 p.m. Sunday near Central Avenue and Camelback Road at an apartment complex. While the officer was walking to his home, he heard a noise coming from the dumpster area.
When he went to check it out, he found a man, identified as 43-year-old Quentine Barksdale, wearing a mask. Police say Barksdale threw a bucket of liquid on the officer in an attempt to set him on fire -- that's when the officer opened fire.
Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos says, "The victim believed the liquid to be gasoline based on the odor."
According to police, the officer stated that he shot Barksdale, his neighbor, in self-defense after seeing the suspect reach into his pockets.
Authorities say Barksdale and the officer have had disagreements in the past.
"It is believed the suspect in this case had accused the victim of burglarizing his home recently which may have led to the victim being targeted in this incident," said Martos.
At this point, it's unknown if the officer will face any charges.
The ADOT officer's name has not been released.
Video: FOX 10's Diane Ryan reports.
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