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Trooper shot Anchor Point man who pointed rifle at officers, AST says

  • Author: Laurel Andrews
  • Updated: December 11, 2017
  • Published December 11, 2017

An Alaska State Trooper shot a man on Sunday evening at a home in Anchor Point on the Kenai Peninsula, troopers said in a statement.

Soldotna troopers were responding to a "disturbance" in Anchor Point, where gunshots had been reported around 8 p.m. Sunday, troopers said.

When troopers got to the home, Fernando Ospina "opened the door to the residence and pointed a rifle at the troopers," the statement said.

A trooper shot Ospina once, the statement said.

Ospina was taken to a hospital in Homer and then sent to Anchorage for further treatment.

The trooper's name will be released 72 hours after the incident. The Soldotna General Investigation Unit is conducting an investigation.

"At the conclusion of this investigation, the case will be turned over to the Alaska Department of Law, Office of Special Prosecutions to determine if the use of force was legally justified under Alaska law," troopers said.

Ospina was not in custody on Monday, online records show.

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