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Officer kills driver who pinned him against the gas pump, police say

A black Nissan sedan has been seen at a gas station in Largo, Florida, after a driver’s confrontation with a police officer, March 23, 2018.

(Aaron Mesmer, Fox 13 Tampa Bay)

What the police described as a routine sweater at a gas station turned into a “violent, explosive situation” Friday night in Largo, Florida, ending with the fatal shooting of the suspect by the police, authorities said.

The confrontation began when Largo police officer Matthew Steiner pulled over a black Nissan sedan for unknown reasons shortly before 6 a.m., Fox 13 Tampa Bay reported.

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According to the police, the sedan driver pinned Steiner at the station gas pumps. The officer then fired into the car, striking the driver.

“At the time, that the officer felt he was in danger for his own life and took action,” Largo Police Lt. Randall Chaney said later during a press conference.

A backup officer arrived just as Steiner fired his weapon, police said. It was not immediately known how many rounds were fired.

The identity of the driver was not immediately released, but police said that he was the only occupant of the vehicle. The driver was pronounced dead at Largo Medical Center.

Steiner was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater.

“I spoke with him, actually, and he is doing OK,” Chaney said.

The lieutenant added that Steiner’s actions may have stopped others will be injured or killed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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