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Alaska state trooper fatally shoots Wasilla man

  • Author: Aubrey Wieber
  • Updated: March 10, 2020
  • Published March 9, 2020

A state trooper shot and killed Aaron Tolen, 37, of Wasilla while responding to disturbance at a residence west of Wasilla on Sunday evening, Alaska State Troopers wrote in an online report.

According to troopers, a lone officer responded to a domestic disturbance call off Bonaparte Avenue, west of Wasilla, at 7:15 p.m. That trooper got into a fight with Tolen inside the residence, troopers wrote.

When backup arrived, Tolen was "fighting the trooper on the floor. Tolen was ultimately shot by AST and succumbed to his injuries on scene,” troopers wrote. The shot was reported at 7:55 p.m.

The troopers involved have been placed on 72-hour leave, after which they will be identified, in accordance with state practice.