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Trooper involved in Togiak shooting is 18-year veteran of force

The Alaska State Trooper who shot a man involved in a shooting in the Southwest Alaska village of Togiak is an 18-year veteran of the force.

The state Department of Public Safety late Sunday identified the trooper involved in the shooting as Daniel Sadloske. He had not been immediately identified under department policy to wait 72 hours to name troopers in officer-involved shootings.

Troopers say Sadloske responded to the sound of gunfire Thursday afternoon and shot a still-unidentified man holding a gun as another man lay on the ground.

The man did not drop his gun at Sadloske’s command, and the trooper fired at least one round at him, troopers said last week.

The suspect was injured and flown to Dillingham for medical care. No charges had been filed against him as of Friday. The man on the ground, 61-year-old Samuel Brito, was declared dead from gunshot wounds.

Sadloske had worked in Togiak since June 2017, according to troopers spokesman Ken Marsh. He was stationed at the Palmer post 2011-2017; Dillingham 2006-2011; Glennallen 2005-2006; and at Palmer post and Palmer Judicial Services 2003-2005.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is investigating the trooper’s use of force. The state attorney general’s office will determine whether he was justified in shooting the man.

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