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Troopers Return Fire, Kill Suspect Who Wounded Officer Serving Warrants

Alaska State Troopers are investigating an officer-involved fatal shooting of a suspect this weekend at a residence on the North Side of Fairbanks.

Forty-eight-year-old Shawn Ray Wilson of Fairbanks was killed early Saturday morning after he fired on two Troopers who went to the residence at around 5 a.m. Friday to serve him with arrest and search warrants. Wilson was charged with felony forgery and theft, and a warrant issued in March set bail at $100,000.

Wilson wounded one of the Troopers when they attempted to take him into custody. The second Trooper returned fire and shot the suspect dead.

Alaska State Trooper Division Director Col. Barry Wilson said in a Saturday news conference that the wounded officer was hit in a lower extremity and taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and later released.

Col. Wilson said the second Trooper was trying to use less-than-lethal means to subdue the suspect until the suspect wounded the first Trooper and fired at the second, who then returned fire and killed the suspect.

Troopers haven’t yet identified the two officers involved in the fatal shooting, but may release their names Tuesday.

Tim has worked in the news business for over three decades, mainly as a newspaper reporter and editor in southern Arizona. Tim first came to Alaska with his family in 1967, and grew up in Delta Junction before emigrating to the Lower 48 in 1977 to get a college education and see the world.