Updated information: One dead, two wounded in officer involved shooting on Cushman St.

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Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 3:33 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - UPDATE: 6/23 5:30 p.m.

An additional update has been released on the Trooper involved shooting that occurred Monday morning, June 20, on South Cushman St. in Fairbanks.

Preliminary investigation has revealed the gunshot the female passenger of the vehicle Amos Lane of Anchorage was driving came from officers’ firearms.

The investigation also revealed the driver did not discharge his firearm during the incident.

The officers who discharged their weapons were identified as: Troopers Alex Valdez, Cody Kasper, and Joshua Schoeffel along with Police Sergeant Dennis Benn and Officer Lane Bonham.

Once the Alaska Bureau of Investigation completes their investigation, the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions will independently review the findings.

UPDATE: 6/20 4:30 pm.

The driver has been identified as 57-year-old Anchorage resident Amos Lane. Next of kin has been notified.

An officer-involved shooting took place early Monday morning in Fairbanks, fatally injuring one man and sending two to the hospital.

According to a dispatch report issued by the Alaska State Troopers (AST), at 2:55 a.m., AST entered a chase with a 2011 Ford sedan near the Mitchell Expressway and Airport Road, ending the chase when conditions became unsafe.

Six hours later, AST located the same sedan driven by an adult male. Once again, the driver failed to pull over for troopers near Peger Road and Phillips Field Road.

AST and Fairbanks Police Department (FPD) pursued the sedan to 23rd Avenue and Cushman Street, forcing the vehicle to stop at around 9:15 a.m.

The driver then produced a handgun, pointing it at a female passenger, who was the only other occupant in the vehicle.

AST and FPD fired their duty weapons at the driver when he failed to follow commands, fatally wounding him.

The female passenger was also injured by gunfire and is being treated at an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

During the incident, a trooper was also struck by a bullet and has been treated and released from an area hospital.

Police opened the area back to the public around 12:30 p.m.

The identity of the driver will be released once the next of kin has been notified. In accordance with AST and FPD policy, the identities of law enforcement officers that discharged their weapons will be released within a 72-hour time frame.

This story was updated on June 23, 2022 to include information from an Alaska State Trooper Dispatch Report.

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