Troopers: Man shot by officer after Togiak fatal shooting

July 12, 2019 GMT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say a man was shot by a trooper after he refused to drop his weapon following a fatal shooting in Togiak.

Troopers Director Col. Barry Wilson says the Togiak-based trooper responded to the sound of shots fired in a nearby residential area Thursday afternoon.

Wilson says the trooper arrived to find a man on the ground who died of apparent gunshot wounds. Wilson identified the deceased man as 61-year-old Samuel Brito.

The unnamed suspect was flown out of the southwest Alaska village for medical treatment. The trooper was not injured.


Togiak is a village of 876 at the head of Togiak Bay.

Wilson says the trooper has been placed on administrative leave and will be named after 72 hours.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigations is investigating.