The Alaska Bureau of Investigation and Alaska State Troopers are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred earlier Friday morning in Bethel.
According to initial reports, Bethel police responded to a report of an ongoing disturbance. When arriving on scene, officers were confronted by a man carrying a baseball bat. While attempting to restrain the man- identified by family members as Aaron Moses- one officer was struck by the bat, resulting in minor injuries. Stun guns were used, and another officer drew his fire arm and fired a shot into the man’s abdomen.
Moses was stabilized in Bethel and then transported by LifeMed to Anchorage for treatment, where his aunt Carloyn Moses says he is in stable condition but on a ventilator temporarily. As of Saturday morning, Moses was taken off the ventilator, but is still in ICU.
"My nephew is a very caring and loving person; it's how we were raised by my parents and his grandparents," Carolyn said. "He would never hurt anyone. If anything he would 'like and enjoy helping people'. Something needs to be done. I'm hoping to speak to our ONC President to help protect our community come Monday."
ABI and troopers were contacted at 10:35 a.m. and arrived on scene to investigate the shooting. Troopers from Bethel and Anchorage will be assisting in the investigation, according to AST spokesperson Beth Ipsen.
The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave as per the department's policy, according to the Bethel city clerk's office.
The investigation is ongoing.
This is a developing story, please check back for updates.
KTUU's Chris Klint and Samantha Angaiak contributed to this story.