UPDATE: Man killed by Trooper rushed him with 'flammable liquid'

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Updated: 9:45 a.m. Monday, July 9, 2018

Alaska State Troopers say the man shot and killed by a Trooper in Copper Center advanced at the Trooper with an "incapacitating, flammable liquid" in his hand.

An updated Trooper dispatch says Trooper Kamau Leigh, of the Glennallen detachment, arrived at the scene just before 3:15 a.m. Friday.

"(Eric) Hash had a container of incapacitating, flammable liquid in his hand, and advanced toward Trooper Leigh in close proximity to his service vehicle," Troopers wrote in the dispatch. Leigh then fired at Hash.

Leigh is a six-year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting -- standard procedure for officer-involved shootings. After the investigation, the Office of Special Prosecutions will review the shooting.

Sunday, July 8, 2018:
Alaska State Troopers say 'additional information' will be released Monday regarding the fatal shooting of an assault suspect in the village of Copper Center early Friday morning.

AST will also identify the trooper or troopers who opened fire on 38-year-old Eric Hash, following the 72-hour period required by department policy.

Troopers say they were called after Hash allegedly assaulted a 72-year-old family member. Troopers made contact with Hash, and at some point during the encounter opened fire. Hash later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.

Troopers have not yet said what prompted the shooting, or if Hash was armed. In a written statement released Saturday, the family said that Hash had recently started drinking heavily and was acting “belligerent and appeared to be having a fit of rage” that night. However, they claim he never hit any of them.

“Family called 911 for help and protection, not just for themselves, but also for Eric, he was obviously not in his right mind and they worried he may hurt himself or someone else. We never imagined we would instead be left with a dead family member,” wrote sister Carlene Pete.

“As a family we are not excusing Eric’s behavior last night, but none of his behavior justified being shot to death.”



 
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