GoPro footage: FCC officer brandishes firearm on North Pole ATV motorist

Published: Jul. 25, 2017 at 6:57 PM AKDT
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A local ATV rider claims he was assaulted by an off-duty corrections officer, allegedly pretending to be a police officer.

The rider says he was in fear for his life after the corrections officer confronted him, and then threatened him with a gun, forcing him to the ground.

This past Memorial Day, ATV rider Devarge Walker, along with two others headed to a friend's home in North Pole.

Walker was wearing a GoPro camera during the ride.

Shortly before arriving he was stopped by Gregory Braeuer, an off-duty corrections officer at the Fairbanks Correctional Center.

"The vehicle pulled a quarter of the way into the middle of the road," Walker said. "I stopped, and waived him on like, go ahead."

Braeuer exits his vehicle and waves Walker up.

Braeuer reaches for Walker's ATV and said, "This ain't a racetrack."

Walker goes to removes Braeuer's hand.

"I'm trying to remove his hand, because he's not letting go," Walker stated. "He's holding on tight, like he's trying to take it from me almost. So stand up and get off, I'm trying to remove him and I grab him, he grabs me, I'm just trying to push him off."

A scuffle ensues.

"I'm telling you right now it's not a racetrack!" Braeuer yells.

"Get the **** off my bike," Walker yells back, "What the **** is wrong with you?"

"What's wrong with you?" Braeuer replies.

"What the **** is wrong with you?" Walker yells for the last time.

After, Braeuer walks towards his vehicle.

"I push him away," Walker says. "And I think it's over, but he goes to his vehicle and grabs his gun."

Braeuer approaches Walker, loading a round into his gun.

An eye witness to the scene says they saw Braeuer point his gun towards Walker before putting it as his side.

"When he pulled out his gun, my heart dropped. In my head, I'm thinking of all scenarios. If I do this wrong I can get shot, so no sudden movements. I'm seeing my death in front of me." Walker stated.

Braeuer tells everyone to get on the ground.

"Get on the ground," Braeuer says. "Get on the ground! Get on the ground! (Inaudible) Get on the ground, I got my badge, get on the ******* ground!"

Braeuer says he has a badge. Walker, then believes Braeuer is a police officer and complies.

According to the Alaska Department of Corrections, Corrections Officers do not have the authority to detain anyone outside of the correctional facility. They are also not authorized to carry firearms in the course of their duties, only as private citizens.

Braeuer questions Walker, and Walker believing he was a police officer, answers questions.

Walker then lets Braeuer know he is being recorded.

"He approached me, he assaulted me. I was terrified for my life," Walker says. "I didn't pull out a firearm, I didn't even want a confrontation."

The Alaska State Troopers were called to the scene.

"I explained to the police what happened and showed them the video," Walker stated.

"And they (AST) was like, 'What do you want to do? You can press charges' and I said, yes, I want to press charges."

On July 5th, assault charging documents were filed against Devarge Walker.

The District Attorney says no charges have been filed against Gregory Braeuer.

The Alaska State Troopers have declined to comment on this incident.

Gregory Braeuer has also declined to comment.

Since receiving the video, the Alaska Department of Corrections has put Braeuer on administration leave, pending further hearings.

"I just want justice," Walker says. "I want the right thing to be done. I worked hard to stay out of trouble and I want to keep it that way."