Update on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 11:15 a.m.


A man has died from injuries sustained in a shooting involving troopers on Tuesday, Sept. 8.


On the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 16, Alaska State Troopers were notified that 19-year-old Tristan Vent, of Galena, died at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.


Troopers say the Alaska Bureau of Investigations continues to investigate the incident.


Original story


A man is in the hospital with what appear to be life-threatening injuries after a traffic stop resulted in a shooting involving multiple troopers.


The shooting took place just after 10 a.m. Tuesday, after troopers pulled over a man near the sports fields on Davis Road, according to an online AST dispatch. The trooper noticed the vehicle the man was driving was reported as stolen, resulting in a traffic stop just after 9:30 a.m.


Multiple AST units and other officers responded to the scene after it was determined the male was in possession of a firearm.


“Alaska State Troopers attempted to negotiate with the suspect in hopes that he would peacefully surrender,” the dispatch states. “Troopers also utilized less-lethal force without success.”


AST says the incident resulted in multiple troopers firing their weapons at the man:



  • Captain Ronald Wall — 25-year veteran of DPS

  • Trooper Jacob Hayungs — 1-year veteran of DPS

  • Trooper Edward Halbert — 13-year veteran of DPS

  • Trooper Edwin Carlson — 9-year veteran of DPS

  • Trooper Recruit Tyler Langford — 7-month veteran of DPS


Additionally, two officers — Lieutenant Brian Wassmann, a 22 year veteran of DPS and Officer Ron Dupee, a 10 year veteran of Fairbanks Police Department — fired non-lethal “Super Sock bean bags” during the altercation, according to a release from AST.


Troopers say the man has been transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries that are potentially life-threatening. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, AST says.