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Fairbanks police name officers who shot and killed suspect

Police investigate an officer-involved shooting on the Elliott Highway, about three miles north of Fox, on Feb. 12, 2019. Fairbanks police say Garrett James Ebenal was shot and killed by police after he pointed a gun at them after a pursuit. (Marc Lester / ADN)

The Fairbanks Police Department has named the officers who shot and killed a 28-year-old man Tuesday afternoon after he pointed a handgun at them after a vehicle pursuit.

Lt. Ron Dupee, Officer Dennis Benn, Officer Lane Bonham and Officer Tyler Larimer have all been placed on administrative leave for at least three days following the shooting of Garrett James Ebenal, who led police on a pursuit out of Fairbanks after a multi-day crime spree, police said.

The four officers fired on Ebenal after he drove a stolen car into a ditch trying to avoid a tractor-trailer partly blocking the Elliott Highway, Fairbanks Police Chief Eric Jewkes previously said. Ebenal, who was well-known to the police department, was suspected in a number of crimes that had taken place over the previous three days, including gun theft, an armed carjacking and an armed robbery.

Dupee has been with police department for 13 years. Benn has worked there for 11 years. Bonham and Larimer have both been with the department for two years.

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