Officers with the Fairbanks Police Department shot and killed a man Monday morning after he allegedly confronted officers with a gun.
Police say there were reports of a man wearing a mask with a long gun behind Denny’s around 3 a.m. Monday.
FPD spokesperson Yumi McCulloch said by the time officers arrived at the scene, the suspect was gone.
Fairbanks PD, with the assistance of Alaska State Troopers, began searching the area. While searching, a call came in reporting a man with a long gun behind the Fairbanks Correctional Center.
Officers responded, located the suspect in a vehicle and set up a perimeter. That’s when, McCulloch says, the suspect, 21-year-old Matthew Colton Stover, rapidly exited the vehicle, advanced at officers and began firing.
The officers returned fire, striking and killing the suspect. He was pronounced deceased on scene.
FPD says there were “hazards” on the scene that prompted them to call in Fort Wainwright’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team. Meanwhile, Chief Andrew Isaac Medical Center, Regal Cinemas and other area business were either evacuated or placed on lockdown.
The officers involved were not hurt and have each been placed on administrative leave. Thursday, FPD identified the officers involved as Officer Lane Bonham, Officer Gerri Butler, Officer Cory Rupe and Officer Kirt Allen.