TORRANCE ( — A 19-year-old Torrance man wanted for arson and attempted murder was fatally shot Thursday on the campus of a middle school.

Police spotted Asa James Dolak on the campus of Madrona Middle School, armed with a knife. Dolak, who had threatened to kill police officers, was found inside a girls’ restroom at the school, officials said.

He was pronounced dead at 1:35 p.m. Classes were not in session.

Dolak reportedly set fire to the apartment he shared with his ex-girlfriend in the 16700 block of Crenshaw Boulevard around 12:15 a.m.

The woman and the couple’s 2-year-old son were in the apartment when he allegedly ignited the fire, but they were able to escape.

“The child was ultimately rescued and transported to a local hospital and is being treated for smoke-related, fire-related injuries,” Torrance police Sgt. Robert Watt said.

The child was last listed in stable condition.

The incident was prompted by a domestic dispute on Christmas Day, according to authorities. Police told KCAL9’s Brittney Hopper Dolak had been in trouble in the past for domestic battery.

Around 2 a.m., Dolak also allegedly set fire to another family member’s home, reportedly inhabited by his mother, in the 3200 block of Opal Street, investigators said.

Dolak’s mother provided KCAL9 with a written statement in which he allegedly threatens: “Your house is next.”

No other injuries were reported.


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