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Man charged with spraying man with gas from pump nozzle, assaulting officer

May 18, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

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Steve M. Selfridge, 42, of Butler

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Butler police aren't sure what fueled a man accused of deliberately spraying gasoline from the nozzle of a pump on a customer at a city gas station.

A short time later, police said, the suspect, Steve M. Selfridge, 42, of Butler, allegedly clashed with officers, hitting one of them Friday evening. At least three Tasers were deployed before they arrested him, police said.

Patrolman Michael Sulerud suffered minor injuries in the incident, but he will not miss any time from work, police said.

Police were called shortly after 5:40 p.m. to the Planet Mart Gas Station on Kittanning Street, where they said a 65-year-old Fenelton man reported being the victim of a strange assault.

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