1 dead in Nikolaevsk trooper-involved shooting
Alaska State Troopers say one person died Saturday evening during a trooper-involved shooting in the Kenai Peninsula town of Nikolaevsk.
The shooting, involving troopers from the Anchor Point post, occurred just before 7:40 p.m. Saturday according to an online dispatch.
Troopers say around 2:17 p.m., they received a report that Nikolai Yakunin, 42, of Nikolaevsk, was in contact with a female who he was not to have contact with based on a condition of release from a recent court case.
Just after 7 p.m., troopers arrived at a residence on Nikolaevsk Road to speak with Yakunin. That was when he attacked, severely injuring a trooper.
"While on scene at the residence where Yakunin was located, Yakunin attacked the first responding State Trooper, injuring him and incapacitating him where the Trooper was unable to adequately defend himself," troopers wrote.
Additional units responded to assist, however, Yakunin continued his "assaultive behavior" and that's when AST decided to shoot at Yakunin to prevent anyone else from being hurt.
“One person was confirmed deceased on scene,” troopers wrote. “A trooper was injured during the incident and transported by [emergency medical services] to the hospital in Homer with reportedly serious injuries.”
Members of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation and Homer police responded to the scene.
Any troopers who fired service weapons during the shooting will be placed on 72 hours of mandatory administrative leave.
The shooting occurred about an hour after Anchorage police fatally shot a suspect in a domestic-violence stabbing near the Northway Mall, when the male suspect charged the pursuing officer with a knife.
Saturday’s death marks the month’s second fatal trooper-involved shooting. On March 8, 27-year-old Dwight Heckman died during a firefight with troopers in the Western Alaska village of Pilot Station, a day after troopers had sought him in the assault of a woman.
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