ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A family crisis turned deadly early Friday morning, after a man accused of alleged assault was shot and killed by law enforcement in the small Alaska village of Copper Center.
Eric Hash, a 38-year-old resident of Copper Center, was reportedly attacking a family member at around 2:30 a.m. The family called authorities on Hash, with AST reporting he was "actively assaulting a 72 year old family member and was placing other family members in fear."
Less than an hour later, Hash would be fatally shot by AST. He would be taken to the hospital, and then declared dead.
While AST drove to the scene, family members stayed in communication with dispatchers, telling them he left the property, but then came back. Family huddled together and "barricaded themselves for safety", troopers reported, while Hash was yelling and damaging property.
Around this time, troopers arrived on the scene, and made contact with Hash. What happened next is not yet released, as AST are still reviewing and conducting an internal investigation into the exact sequence of events that led to Hash's death.
In the trooper report, all that is revealed, is the following information: "At approximately 0315 hours, AST fired upon Hash and he sustained life threatening injuries. Hash was medivaced, but succumbed to his injuries at the hospital."
KTUU has reached out to AST for comment, specifically what happened after troopers made contact, what prompted officers to open fire, and whether or not Hash was armed. As of Friday, according to AST spokesperson Megan Peters, these questions cannot be answered.
"No further information is currently available for release," the dispatch states, after identifying AST general investigation unit as the group which would "conduct the investigation into the totality of the circumstances" which led to the killing of Hash.
As for who shot Hash, or even how many officers fired their weapons on him, that, too, is not being told to reporters. Per a standard procedure for "officer involved shootings," there will be a 72-hour mandatory leave placed on the officer who fired. After that point, it is expected that troopers will release the name or names of those who fired on Hash.