Fairbanks police have identified a man sought in a domestic-violence incident Thursday morning, who instead led them on a chase then fatally shot himself on Airport Way.
In a Fairbanks Police Department statement Thursday, officials say the incident in which 31-year-old Takory Stern died began with a call just after 1:30 a.m. reporting a domestic-violence assault.
"The victim had been assaulted, but had managed to get away from the assailant," police wrote. "The assailant located her again and (FPD) was called. When police arrived at the location the suspect had fled in a Ford Taurus."
When officers followed the Taurus, it wouldn't stop and led them on a chase, eventually stopping near Airport Way's intersection with Lathrop Street.
"When officers approached the vehicle, (Stern) was found deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound," police wrote.
FPD Detective Scott Adams says no further information on the initial assault in the case was immediately available Thursday morning, pending further investigation.
Twitter messages from the City of Fairbanks reported that Airport Way had been closed between Lathrop and Wilbur streets at about 4:45 a.m., reopening at about 6:45 a.m.
Adams says the chase likely posed a threat to public safety.
"It was a good pursuit," Adams said. "Yeah, at some point it probably did."
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