Trooper Kills Sutton Man After He Shoots First

SUTTON, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers on Friday say they fatally shot a man who pointed a gun at them.

The shooting occurred in Sutton after troopers were in negotiations with 58-year-old Theodule LeJeune, who was ordered Wednesday via a restraining order to leave a home. He refused, and pointed a gun at troopers at the time.

Troopers consulted with a Palmer judge, and the decision was made not to enforce the order if it couldn’t be done without conflict.

Negotiations continued, and an arrest warrant was issued for LeJeune Thursday. Troopers tried to execute the warrant Thursday, and say LeJeune then exited the house with a firearm. Troopers say they tried to disarm him with nonlethal means, but he shot at troopers. One returned fire, killing LeJeune.

The shooting is under investigation.

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