Officer named in Anchor Point trooper-involved shooting
Alaska State Troopers have identified the officer who was involved in a shooting that sent an Anchor Point man to the hospital Sunday night.
AST says Trooper Matthew Wertanen, a 12-year veteran of the Alaska Department of Public Safety, fired his gun at 47-year-old Fernando Ospina after Ospina pointed a rifle at officers.
Troopers were called to a disturbance in Anchor Point around 10 Sunday night on reports that gunshots had been fired.
Responding troopers say that was when Ospina opened the door to the residence and pointed the rifle at law enforcement.
Ospina was taken to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer where he received treatment before being transferred to Anchorage.
The Soldotna General Investigation Unit responded to shooting scene to conduct an investigation. No further details were immediately made available.
Per department policy, Wertanen's name was held for 72 hours.
After the GIU concludes their investigation, the case will be turned over to the Alaska Department of Law and the Office of Special Prosecutions to determine if the use of force was legally justified under Alaska law.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the location of the incident as Soldotna rather than Anchor Point.
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