A Copper Center man was fatally shot by Alaska State Troopers who say he was assaulting his relatives early Friday.

Troopers responded at about 2:30 a.m. Friday to the domestic-violence assault in Copper Center which left 38-year-old Eric Hash dead, according to an online dispatch.

“The complainant reported that [Hash] was actively assaulting a 72-year-old family member and was placing other family members in fear,” troopers wrote. “While AST was en route to the incident, it was reported that Hash had left but then returned to the residence and family members barricaded themselves for safety as Hash was yelling at them and damaging property.”

Shortly after troopers arrived contacted with Hash, troopers fired on him at about 3:15 a.m. He was medevaced from the scene, but died of his injuries.

It wasn’t immediately clear from the dispatch what Hash was doing at the time he was shot, whether he was armed or how many troopers fired on him. Troopers said nothing further on the incident was immediately available for release.

Hash’s body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage for an autopsy. The troopers who fired on Hash have been placed on 72 hours of mandatory administrative leave.

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