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2 Alaska Troopers Wounded, Gunman Dead

June 18, 2012  | 

Two Alaska State Troopers were shot Sunday in a remote town north of the Arctic Circle, touching off a near-nine-hour standoff that ended with the suspected gunman apparently taking his own life, authories said.

Law officers in Kotzebue found Arvid Nelson Jr. about 6 p.m. Sunday in his pickup truck, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, State Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

In gunfire that led to the standoff, one of the troopers was seriously wounded and flown to Anchorage, 550 miles southeast. The other was less seriously injured and treated locally.

Read the full Fairbanks Daily News-Miner story.

Tags: Alaska State Troopers, Assaults on Officers, Alaska


Comments (10)

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V. Louie @ 6/18/2012 6:30 PM

Glad to hear the officers are doing okay. A speedy recovery.

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 6/18/2012 7:08 PM

I have bow hunted in Kotzebue area. Talk about a delay in getting backup. These guys are on their own. The aurora lights are amazing and yes, speedy recovery.

Bob@Az. @ 6/18/2012 9:21 PM

Very glad to hear both Officers survived and the pos took the cowards way out. Hope they both return to the job.

R. Lyons @ 6/19/2012 12:06 AM

My heart goes out may they return to work and their families soon. I have seen what those guys deal with daily they are the best. Best wishes

Jim-Ret. Md. State @ 6/19/2012 5:41 AM

God speed for their recovery.

scpdblue @ 6/19/2012 8:47 AM

I am glad the troopers will be OK and the scumbag will not be a burden on the tax payers of Alaska...

Security Mom @ 6/19/2012 10:19 AM

Alaska's Troopers & the village Safety Officers have an extremely dangerous mission. Having visited Alaska the distances and conditions are incredible. The state is stunning. God speed to the Troopers wounded and safe wishes to all law enforcement in Alaska. From a wife & mother LE.

Norman S. Miller @ 6/21/2012 12:55 AM

The Few ,The Proud,The Alaskan State Troopers . Thanks for your comittment to Law Enforcement that extends to every climb and place and has no boundaries.

Ofc Rugg @ 6/21/2012 4:39 PM

Thank you guys, you're some of the best troops I know.. Get well Soon

Reggie @ 7/2/2012 12:17 PM

As a former Alaskan and as a law enforcement officer I know how hard a job it is and in that remote location the job is even more dangerous because when things go bad help can be a long ways away. I'm proud of their bravery and commitment to serve and protect. I pray they get well soon and return to duty.

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