Alaska State Troopers involved in North Pole shooting identified

    North Pole, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is continuing its investigation into all of the facts surrounding this officer-involved shooting. Once the ABI investigation is complete, it will be independently reviewed by the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions.

    Update 2/28/23: On Feb. 28, 26-year-old Fairbanks resident Rick Peterson was arrested as he fled from a Fairbanks area hospital.

    Peterson was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant for Escape in the Third Degree and new charges associated with his actions on February 22nd of Misconduct Involving a Weapon in the Third Degree.

    He was remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center.

    Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

    Original:  2/25/2023

    On Feb. 22 at 10:00 am, Alaska State Troopers responded to the area of Maude Boyle Dr., in North Pole, where a complainant reported that an adult male was on her porch crying and not wearing any shoes.

    When Troopers responded to the area, the male subject had already left the residence and was reportedly walking into traffic and attempting to flag down motorists.

    Troopers contacted the shoeless subject in a nearby neighborhood.

    Troopers identified the subject and determined through the Fairbanks Probations Office that he was an absconder wanted for Escape III.

    The subject yelled at the Troopers and fled on foot.

    During a foot pursuit, the subject pulled a handgun from his waistline, and two Alaska State Troopers responded by firing their duty weapons.

    The adult male subject was treated on scene by medics for gunshot wounds and transported to a local hospital.

    No Troopers were injured.

    The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is investigating this officer involved shooting.

    The Office of Special Prosecutions has been notified.

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