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Troopers: Man fatally shoots self during struggle

By Associated Press 10:15 AM April 3, 2014
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) –

Alaska State Troopers say a 24-year-old Homer man fatally shot himself after he grabbed a trooper’s gun during a struggle following a domestic violence call.

Aaron Michael Rael-Catholic died at the scene Wednesday night.

Troopers got a call from a woman reporting her ex-boyfriend was assaulting her at her home at East End Road near Homer.

Troopers say the woman left in her car, followed by Rael-Catholic in another car, which he used to ram into her vehicle.

According to troopers, the responding officer used pepper spray and a stun gun as he tried to arrest Rael-Catholic. Troopers say the two ended up wrestling on the ground, and that’s when Rael-Catholic grabbed the officer’s gun.

The trooper is on administrative leave. His name will not be released for 72 hours.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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