Crime & Courts

Troopers identify man killed in shootout with police in Fairbanks

The man shot to death during a gunfire exchange with police Wednesday morning in Fairbanks has been identified by Alaska State Troopers as Vincent Perdue, the agency wrote in an online dispatch.

The shootout began at about 9 a.m., after a troopers patrol car attempted to stop a silver 2000 Pontiac near the intersection of South Cushman Street and the Mitchell Expressway for having windows that were tinted too dark and for failing to use a turn signal, troopers said.

Perdue, 33, was in the driver's seat with a 20-year-old woman in the passenger seat. The car didn't stop as directed by police. Instead, Perdue accelerated and headed eastbound on the Richardson Highway before turning onto Badger Road, troopers said.

During the chase, Perdue and the woman both leaned out the car's windows to shoot at police. In an interview Wednesday, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said it was a "few minutes" into the chase when the duo began firing.

The chase finally came to an end at Bradway Road and Dennis Road, troopers said in an updated dispatch Thursday. The car went into a ditch when the driver tried to avoid hitting a tire deflation device set up by police, troopers said. But when Perdue and the woman passed Fairbanks police and troopers, striking a police vehicle, four troopers and one police officer fired their guns at them.

Perdue was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation and the Office of Special Prosecution and Appeals are investigating the shooting. The names of the officers involved won't be released until Saturday.

Megan Edge

Megan Edge is a former reporter for Alaska Dispatch and Alaska Dispatch News.