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Law enforcement officers fatally shot man after disturbance in a Fairbanks hotel, troopers say

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: March 7
  • Published March 7

A 27-year-old man died late Saturday after being shot by troopers and airport police officers. The man had opened fire inside a Fairbanks Hotel and on a street, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Just before 9:30 p.m., troopers were alerted to a disturbance at the La Quinta Inn that had turned physical, troopers wrote in an online statement Sunday. During a dispute with hotel staff, Jessie Peter “brandished a firearm and began firing it inside of the building,” troopers said.

Peter left the hotel and walked down Dale Road firing a handgun, troopers wrote. When troopers and Fairbanks Airport Police Officers found Peter, he ignored their commands while reloading his handgun, according to troopers.

Peter pointed the handgun at the officers and troopers said “multiple law enforcement officers, including Alaska State Troopers and Fairbanks Airport Police, fired their service weapons.”

Peter died on scene, troopers said.

It was not immediately clear how many officers fired at Peter. Troopers said no officers were injured.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is handling the case and troopers said the names of the involved officers will be released within 72 hours following the shooting.