Fairbanks police seek witness to June 19 shooting | Local News – Alaska News

Fairbanks police seek witness to June 19 shooting | Local News – Alaska News

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks police want to interview the person whose initial report led to a fatal police shooting last week behind the Fairbanks Denny’s restaurant.

“Detectives would like to speak to the person that initially reported seeing a man with a mask armed with a rifle behind Denny’s Restaurant. That person informed the Denny’s employee, who then called 911,” according to a post Monday on the Fairbanks Police Department Facebook page.  

The person is being sought as a witness, not as a suspect, police spokeswoman Yumi McCulloch said. 

Police ask anyone with information to call Lt. Jim Geier at 450-6556 or jgeier@fairbanks.us

This witness’ report and a subsequent call from the nearby Fairbanks Correctional Center led five police officers to respond to a snow dump in the area, where police reported they encountered 21-year-old Matthew Stover of Northway. Police reported Stover shot at them when they tried to speak to him through a loudspeaker. Police fired and killed Stover.

Police placed the officers involved — Lane Bonham, Gerrit Butler, Cory Rupe and Kirt Allen — on administrative leave in the days after the shooting. All the officers have returned to work. 

Contact Outdoors Editor Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMoutdoors.

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