Trooper Shoots, Injures Gun-Wielding Man at Campground
Alaska State Troopers received a call Monday morning that an intoxicated man was shooting a firearm around a Delta Junction campground.
Minutes after midnight Monday morning, Alaska State Troopers received a call that an intoxicated man was walking around and shooting a firearm around the Delta State Recreational Site campground, near the Delta Junction Airport.
A trooper arrived at the scene in his marked patrol car about five minutes later to find the suspect lying face down on the ground, aiming a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol at both the trooper and the person who reported the gun-wielding man
The trooper fired and struck the man, identified as 28-year-old Timothy J. Fitzgerald of Fairbanks.
Fitzgerald was taken to the Delta Family Medical Center for initial medical attention and later taken to a Fairbanks-area hospital for further treatment; no campers or Alaska State Troopers were injured.
The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.
As is Alaska State Trooper policy, the name of the trooper involved in the shooting will be withheld for three days.