A U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force was in Aniak along with Alaska State Troopers Friday to arrest 34-year-old resident Andrew John, wanted on a $2,500 felony arrest warrant for assault in the third degree due to an incident that occurred in the community on Jan. 29.
During the arrest attempt, John reportedly shot at the team inside the home, striking a deputy U.S. Marshal. The arrest task force evacuated the wounded deputy and created a perimeter around the house. A short time later, John emerged from his home wielding a loaded shotgun, according to Alaska State Troopers.
As the standoff came to a close, members of the task force shot and killed John.
The wounded unidentified deputy was taken to the Aniak Clinic and then medevaced to an Anchorage area hospital, where he was reported to be in fair condition.
The Alaska State Troopers Bureau of Investigation assumed the investigative responsibility for the incident. Once the investitation is complete, it will be independently reviewed by the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions.
Aniak, along the Kuskokwim River, is 92 miles from Bethel, with a population of about 525.