Trooper shoots, injures homicide suspect in Togiak

Published: Jul. 12, 2019 at 8:29 AM AKDT
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Alaska State Troopers have identified the man killed in a shooting in Togiak.

Col. Barry Wilson, Director of the Alaska State Troopers, says 61-year-old Samuel Brito was shot and killed by a suspect.

Through a Facebook live update, Wilson says a trooper in Togiak heard gunfire in a residential area and responded to the scene. There, the Trooper saw Brito on the ground and a suspect with a gun.

The trooper verbally commanded the suspect to drop the weapon. The suspect didn't follow the commands and the trooper shot at least once, hitting the suspect.

The suspect was taken to Dillingham for medical treatment.

The trooper involved in the shooting is on administrative leave. The Trooper's name will be released after 72 hours, Wilson says.

Moving forward, the investigation into the shooting will continue by The Alaska Bureau of Investigation.

Once it wraps up, the paperwork will be sent to the Alaska attorney general's office, where the AG will determine if the trooper's actions were in line with state law.

Channel 2's Gilbert Cordova added to this story.

Original Story

Alaska State Troopers say a man was killed in a shooting in Togiak.

The agency says a Togiak-based trooper witnessed the shooting and "engaged the shooter."

The male suspect was flown out of the southwest Alaska village for medical treatment. The trooper was not injured.

Togiak is a village of 876 at the head of Togiak Bay. The village is 67 miles west of Dillingham.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigations is investigating.

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