The Latest: Man in Alaska shooting was lawmaker's nephew

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Posted: Feb 10, 2016 6:34 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a police-involved death in a northern Alaska town (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

A man who died in an officer-involved shooting in a northern Alaska community was the nephew of a state lawmaker.

Vincent Nageak III, who died in the shooting early Wednesday morning involving North Slope Borough police in Barrow, was related to Rep. Benjamin Nageak, a Barrow Democrat. Borough spokesman John Boyle says in a news release that the police officer was responding to a call for officer assistance about 3:38 a.m. Wednesday when the shooting occurred. The officer, whose name is being withheld for 72 hours, was not injured. Police are not releasing further details.

The lawmaker's office released a statement from the lawmaker and his wife, Bonnie, that says their "hearts and minds are still reeling" over the news and that they still don't know all the facts. His office says he is trying to catch a flight home to Barrow from Juneau.

Borough officials say Vincent Nageak had been employed as the borough's acting volunteer fire chief for Barrow.

Barrow also was the site of a December 2014 shooting in which a state prosecutor was killed. A man accused of shooting Assistant District Attorney Brian Sullivan in a jealous rage over a woman is charged with first- and second-degree murder. He is tentatively scheduled for trial in late May.

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1:17 p.m.

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.