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Trooper involved in Homer shooting named

By KTVA CBS 11 News 9:53 AM April 6, 2014

The name of an Alaska State Trooper involved in a fatal shooting in Homer has been released.

AST said David Chaffin, a five-year veteran of the force, became involved in a scuffle while responding to a domestic assault call Wednesday.

Chaffin made several attempts to subdue the suspect, 24-year-old Aaron Michael Rael-Catholic, troopers said. After attempts to taser and pepper spray Rael-Catholic failed, troopers said, he began to struggle with Chaffin, eventually grabbing the trooper’s gun and shooting himself.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate the incident, troopers said.

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