Noorvik: Trooper Identified in Trooper-Involved Shooting
After three days and in accordance with department policy, Alaska State Troopers identified the trooper involved with a Noorvik shooting Monday afternoon.
On Friday, Trooper Joshua V. Rallo, an 8-year-veteran with AST in Fairbanks, shot and wounded 40-year-old Jeffrey Henry, of Noorvik, after Henry allegedly aimed a gun at troopers, which ended a standoff that lasted for more than half a day.
Henry suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Kotzebue for treatment. As of Monday afternoon, Henry remained in critical condition at an Anchorage hospital.
On late Thursday night, troopers in Kotzebue responded to Noorvik after receiving a report of a man shooting a gun while walking around the village.
“Some of the discharges were toward homes,” AST said in a Friday dispatch. “No injuries were reported.”
Troopers from the Fairbanks area provided additional support and a perimeter was established around Henry’s home. He reportedly barricaded himself inside his home and continued to fire his gun inside. A warrant was issued for his arrest in relation to misconduct involving weapons, and troopers listed alcohol as a factor.
The Alaska Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate the trooper-involved shooting. The Department of Law's Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals (OSPA) will review the investigation and determine if the trooper followed protocol under the circumstances.
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