Driver in custody after an ‘exchange of gunfire’ with law enforcement in Dillingham

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Published: Feb. 18, 2021 at 5:25 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene of an officer-involved shooting Thursday. Authorities have a driver, who was believed to be armed, in custody in Dillingham.

According to an online dispatch posted by Alaska State Troopers Thursday evening, the Dillingham Police Department received a report just after 11:30 a.m. that a vehicle was in a ditch on a road in the local area.

About an hour later, police called troopers for assistance. Around the same time, police received a second call and it was reported that the person inside the vehicle was armed with a gun. Police dispatchers then spoke with the driver, who said he had a rifle and ammunition.

When police first arrived at the scene, the driver was attempting to get the vehicle out of the ditch, but was unable to do so. According to the dispatch, troopers responded to the scene soon after.

At 12:31 p.m., troopers reported to police dispatchers that shots were fired. The dispatch states that “after an exchange of gunfire” police and troopers were able to retreat and set up a perimeter near the vehicle.

An update to the dispatch says around 5:36 p.m., the driver was taken into custody by DPD, troopers and Southcentral Special Emergency Reaction Team and is being treated for injuries.

No officers were injured in the shooting.

A nearby hospital was put on lockdown as a precaution, the dispatch states.

Investigators with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation are still investigating the scene, according to the dispatch.

The names of the officers that fired their weapons will be held for 72 hours, per policy.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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