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Man shot by troopers after Fairbanks traffic stop dies

Update 9:15 a.m. Thursday: Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said in an email Thursday that 19-year-old Tristan Vent had exited a vehicle before he was shot by several troopers during a Sept. 8 traffic stop and standoff in Fairbanks.

"He was outside of the truck when the shooting occurred," Peters wrote.

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Wednesday story:

A man shot and wounded by five Alaska state troopers during a Fairbanks traffic stop last week has died of his injuries, with the events leading to his shooting still under investigation.

Troopers said in a Wednesday dispatch that 19-year-old Galena resident Tristan Vent died at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Word of his death was relayed to troopers at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

According to troopers, Vent was armed and at the wheel of a stolen vehicle when he was stopped at about 9:30 a.m. Sept. 8 near the Davis Road ball fields in Fairbanks.

Although a trooper and a Fairbanks Police Department officer deployed less-lethal munitions during a subsequent standoff, the situation eventually escalated to gunfire at about 10 a.m. Five troopers including Capt. Ronald Wall, the commander of troopers' Fairbanks detachment, opened fire and hit Vent.

The shooting came less than a day before a second deadly trooper-involved shooting during a Fairbanks traffic stop, in which four troopers and a Fairbanks police officer fired on a vehicle. Troopers said occupants Vincent Perdue, 33, and Sarah Smoke, 20, were firing at law enforcement officers from the vehicle on the morning of Sept. 9; Perdue died at the scene, while Smoke was wounded and later arrested on charges of third-degree assault and misconduct involving weapons.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said Wednesday that the Alaska Bureau of Investigation was still looking into the shooting, with further details unavailable for release.

"It's an ongoing investigation," Peters said. "We've got to do our due diligence with it."

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