Rep. Nageak’s nephew killed in police shooting

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There was an officer involved in a fatal shooting in Barrow early Wednesday morning. According to the North Slope Borough Mayor’s office, the incident happened around 4:00 a.m. A North Slope Borough Police Officer was responding to a call for assistance when the shooting took place. The Mayor’s office identified the victim as Vincent Nageak  III, the nephew of State Representative Ben Nageak (D-Barrow).

Nageak, age 36, was a lifetime resident of Barrow. Along with serving as fire chief, he worked for the Department of Corrections in Barrow for over 10 years.

In a statement, Representative Ben Nageak says the family “still [doesn’t] know all the facts.”

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation arrived on the scene in Barrow on Wednesday afternoon.