A Unalakleet man accused of colliding with a 10-year-old girl while he was driving drunk on a four-wheeler shot and killed himself minutes later while handcuffed in the back of a city police car, according to Alaska State Troopers. Dane Johnson, 22, was driving a Honda four-wheeler down the village's main road when he struck the unnamed girl just before midnight Friday, troopers said. The girl had been walking with a friend at the time, troopers said.
Johnson stayed on the scene until Unalakleet police arrived and noted that he appeared to be intoxicated, troopers said. The officer cuffed him and put him in the back seat of his patrol car, then turned his attention to treating the injured girl, troopers said.
Just as troopers based in Unalakleet were arriving at the scene, Johnson fatally shot himself inside the car with a concealed gun that had not been taken away from him, troopers said. He died at the Unalakleet clinic.
The girl was stabilized and medevaced to be treated for her injuries, which did not appear to be life-threatening, troopers said.
Troopers are continuing to investigate the incident.
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