AST investigating trooper-involved shooting in Togiak
Alaska State Troopers are investigating a trooper-involved shooting in Togiak, which left one person dead and another injured Thursday evening.
A dispatch posted Thursday night says a Togiak-based trooper heard a disturbance around 6 p.m. When he responded, he saw one man shooting another and “engaged the shooter."
However, in a live update from AST Director Col. Barry Wilson on the agency's Facebook page Friday, he said the trooper heard gunshots around 4 p.m. in a residential area near his location.
"As [the trooper] arrived at the location, he observed a individual lying in front of a residence and a second individual with a firearm," Wilson said. "The trooper engaged and yelled at the individual to drop his weapon, which the individual refused. The trooper discharged at least one round from his service weapon, striking the subject and causing injury."
When asked about the discrepancy, AST spokesperson Ken Marsh said the "investigation will determine the timelines of the incident and facts as they occurred. The initial information was reported and needs to be confirmed through the investigation."
According to Wilson, the trooper involved provided first aid and assisted in having the shooter medevaced to Dillingham for treatment. The other individual, identified as 61-year-old Samuel Brito, was pronounced dead at the scene from apparent gunshot wounds.
"Troopers from Dillingham and the wildlife troopers in the region responded to provide scene security and public safety to that community," Wilson said. "Troopers from the Alaska Bureau of Investigations, the Alaska State Crime Lab personnel have responded to the scene. They are on scene at this time, conducting an investigation."
Wilson said the outcome of the investigation will be reviewed by the attorney general's office to determine if the trooper's actions were within state law.
The trooper has been placed on administrative leave and will be identified after 72 hours, per agency policy. He was not injured and the investigation is ongoing.
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