A state medical examiner has determined that the man involved in a shootout with police at Homer Airport was struck several times by officers’ bullets, but died from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
Greg Wilkinson, spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers, who were called in to investigate the incident, announced Dr. Franc Fallico’s finding on Monday, but said the exact sequence of events during the shootout is still being investigated.
Jason Karlo Anderson, 31, also known as Brandon Deitzman, had been wanted on a federal warrant stemming from drug charges filed in Duluth, Minn. The shootout erupted when police attempted to arrest him in the east parking lot at the airport around 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Also Monday, the U.S. Marshals Office released the names of the Homer officers involved in the shootout. All were longtime veterans of police work, though not all with the Homer Police Department. They were Sgt. Will Hutt, 12 years’ experience; Sgt. David Shealy, nine years; Sgt. Lary Kuhns, 13 years, including a stint with the Alaska State Troopers; and Stacy Luck, four years. By policy, the marshals office would not release the name of the U.S. marshal involved in the shootout.
During the exchange of bullets, Anderson’s 2-year-old son, also named Jason, was struck and critically injured. He remains in critical condition at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. No information has been released regarding how the boy was hit by a bullet. That, too, is under investigation, Wilkinson said.
According to information made public Monday, Jason Karlo Anderson had a history of violent crime, including a felony assault and a federal kidnapping conviction for which he was sentenced to five years in prison in 1992.
He was later arrested twice for probation violations first in October 1998 for which he served three months, and again in October 2001 resulting in 18 months additional prison time, the Marshals Office said.
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