UPDATE: Troopers ID AST, FPD members who used “lethal force” in Fairbanks-area shootout
Update on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 12:30 p.m.
The members of local and state law enforcement that used “lethal force” in the Sept. 9 shooting incident have been identified by AST:
- Trooper Joshua Rallo, D Detachment Fairbanks Patrol, a 10-year veteran of DPS
- Trooper Kamau Leigh, D Detachment Fairbanks Rural Service Unit, a 3-year veteran of DPS
- Trooper Malik Jones, D Detachment Fairbanks Patrol, a 12-year veteran of DPS
- Trooper Recruit Silas Hessler, D Detachment Fairbanks Patrol, a 7-month veteran of DPS
- Lt. James Geier, a 22-year veteran of the Fairbanks Police Department
Update on Friday, Sept. 11 at 4:40 p.m.
The 20-year-old passenger of the vehicle has been identified by troopers as Sarah Smoke of Fairbanks.
She was arrested following the pursuit, charged with third-degree assault and first-degree misconduct involving a weapon and taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center.
Update on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m.
The man shot and killed by law enforcement has been identified as Vincent Perdue, 33, of Fairbanks, according to Alaska State Troopers.
In addition to failing to use a turn signal, troopers say they tried to pull over a Silver 2000 Pontiac driven by Perdue because of “excessively tinted windows.” A 37-minute pursuit ensued in which Perdue and a 20-year-old female passenger leaned out the vehicle’s windows and shot at police units with handguns.
Troopers say Perdue drove the Pontiac “recklessly” and was a danger to oncoming traffic.
The pursuit ended when Perdue drove into a ditch in an attempt to avoid a tire-deflation device deployed by police, according to an online dispatch from AST.
“As the suspect passed law enforcement vehicles parked at that intersection and struck a Fairbanks Police Department vehicle in the process, four Alaska State Troopers and one Fairbanks Police Department Officer fired on the occupants of the vehicle,” the dispatch says.
The identity of the injured female passenger has not been released. Two handguns were found in the Pontiac and shell casings were recovered from a variety of locations.
Authorities ask anyone who witnessed the chase or has information about the suspects to call the Alaska Bureau of Investigation.
Update on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 11:50 a.m.
One of the suspects — the male driver — was pronounced dead at the scene, according to FPD Officer Doug Welborn.
The female passenger was injured but is expected to recover, Welborn said.
For the second day in a row, what started out as a traffic stop? led to a shooting involving authorities in the Fairbanks area.
An Alaska State Trooper tried to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle on South Cushman Street and Robert Mitchell Expressway around 9 a.m. Wednesday for not using a turn signal, according to a statement from AST spokesperson Megan Peters.
“The vehicle immediately began eluding troopers,” Peters wrote. “A few minutes into the pursuit, shots were fired toward troopers from the vehicle by both the driver and the single passenger.”
Other troopers and the Fairbanks Police Department were informed of the situation, but “attempts to stop the vehicle using tire deflation devices failed,” Peters said.
The vehicle eventually came to a stop at Dennis Road and Bradway Road and shots were fired by both officers and the suspects. No injuries have been reported for troopers or police, Peters said, adding that the conditions of the suspects cannot yet be released. The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident.
In a release issued shortly before 10:30 a.m., Fairbanks police asked drivers to avoid the area of Dennis and Bradway. A nearby school was placed on lockdown, officials say.
The shootout comes just a day after a man was hospitalized with apparently serious injuries after troopers pulled over the armed man on Davis Road. The man was reportedly driving a stolen vehicle. When the man failed to surrender and “less-lethal force” was used without success, multiple troopers ended up firing their weapons at the man.
–This is a developing story.
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