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.