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Troopers have not released the name of the year-old man because he has not been charged with any crime. Audie Holloway said. Troopers from Tok went to Tanacross about 10 p. Tuesday after receiving reports that the man choked a relative and pointed a gun at another person. When they arrived in Tanacross, the man ran through the woods to his home on the outskirts of the village and barricaded himself inside.
The troopers parked their cars far away from the home and had little cover when dealing with the man, though two sides of the log cabin had no windows, Halloway said. Following an hour of negotiations, the man exited the cabin with the gun pointed to his head, and began to walk away from the village. The troopers trained their guns on the man and formed a perimeter around him as he walked through the woods, the colonel said.
After walking a distance through the woods, the man lowered the gun as if he was going to point it at one of the troopers. At that point, one of the troopers lowered his gun and shot the man once in the chest. The trooper who shot the man, identified Saturday as Trooper Mike Wilcox of Delta Junction Post, tried to plug the wound while telling the man to focus on him and to stay alive, Halloway said.
Medical assistance was called to the scene. Halloway said he cannot be certain the man was trying to provoke troopers to shoot him, but it appears likely based on statements the man made. He said that as suicide by cop has garnered more attention in the media, he is concerned about the s of people who are turning to it as a method to end their lives in a state already known for having one of the highest suicide rates in the country.
In November, troopers fatally shot a Wasilla woman after she brandished a shotgun and expressed a desire to have law enforcement kill her. In the next few weeks, working with the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, cards with suicide prevention information will be sent to state trooper posts around the state. While troopers might not be handing out the cards directly, Halloway said he hopes concerned friends and relatives will pick them up and give the information to people they suspect are suicidal.
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