Fire official dies in police shooting in Alaska town

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Posted: Feb 10, 2016 5:17 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A fire official in a northern Alaska town has died in a police-involved shooting.

North Slope Borough officials say 36-year-old Vincent Nageak III died in the early Wednesday morning shooting in Barrow, 725 miles north of Anchorage.

Borough spokesman John Boyle says in a news release that the police officer was responding to a call for officer assistance at about 3:38 a.m. Wednesday when the shooting occurred. The officer, whose name is being withheld for 72 hours, was not injured.

The borough has asked for the help of Alaska State Troopers and referred further questions to that agency. Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says no additional details were immediately available.

Boyle says Nageak had been employed as the borough's acting volunteer fire chief for Barrow at the time of his death.