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Update 10/11 0800: Two law enforcement officers discharged their service weapons during the Trooper/Officer-involved shooting in Salcha on October 8, 2021. They are identified as:
- Alaska State Trooper Cody Royer, a 1-year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers.
- Fairbanks Police Officer Lane Bonham, a 5-year veteran of the Fairbanks Police Department.
The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is actively investigating the incident. Once their investigation is completed it will be reviewed by the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions.
Original: On October 8, 2021 at approximately 0700 hours, the Alaska State Troopers Northern Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and members of Southcentral SERT deployed with a search warrant to a residence in Salcha to locate and serve multiple arrest warrants on 35-year-old Salcha resident Scott W. Hottinger. Hottinger had an outstanding no-bail felony probation violation arrest warrant which stemmed from an original charge of Kidnapping, that warrant was issued on 7/2/21. Hottinger also had an outstanding felony arrest warrant for $5,000 for a Domestic Violence Assault II which was issued on 9/9/21. Hottinger was also wanted for an outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrant for $2,500 stemming from a previous Assault, that arrest warrant was issued on 9/16/21. When SERT members arrived, Hottinger exited his residence armed with a firearm and began shouting. He then moved toward SERT members and continued shouting. SERT members announced themselves as State Troopers. Hottinger fired a gun and SERT members returned fire, fatally wounding him. No law enforcement officers or other individuals were injured. The SERT member(s) that discharged their duty weapon will be placed on administrative leave for 72 hours and will be identified 72 hours after the incident per Department of Public Safety policy. The Alaska Bureau of Investigation will be conducting a thorough investigation into the incident, and once their investigation is complete it will be reviewed by the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions. The Northern Special Emergency Reaction Team is made up of Alaska State Troopers, Fairbanks Police Department officers, and North Slope Borough Police Department law enforcement officers. The Southcentral Special Emergency Reaction Team is made up of Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers.
Posted on 10/8/2021 12:51:36 PM by DPS\ajmcdaniel