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5 officers fired at ‘distraught’ man with a gun in fatal Fairbanks encounter

  • Author: Lisa Demer
  • Updated: December 28, 2017
  • Published December 28, 2017

Three Alaska State Troopers and two Fairbanks police officers fired their weapons at a man brandishing a gun who was killed Sunday in the northeast part of Fairbanks, according to authorities.

Alaska State Troopers on Wednesday identified those involved as: Trooper Elondre Johnson, with 14 years and 10 months on the force; trooper James Thomas, with three years, 10 months on the force; trooper Christine Joslin, two years and 10 months on the force; Fairbanks officer Richard Sweet, five years with the department; and Fairbanks officer Tyler Larimer, one year with the department.

Someone alerted troopers about a "distraught male with a firearm" walking down Marshall Drive around 6:20 p.m. Christmas Eve. He was later identified as Cody Eyre, 20, of Fairbanks.

Troopers and Fairbanks police found him at the intersection of the Steese Highway and Johansen Expressway. Troopers said he brandished his gun, which led officers to shoot.

The incident is under investigation and will be reviewed by the state Office of Special Prosecutions, as is standard procedure.

It was the third fatal shooting by officers in Fairbanks this year, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Anchorage police have shot and killed two men.

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