Woman fatally shoots herself outside Seward prison

A woman is dead after corrections officers say they saw her shoot herself in the head when the prison didn’t meet her demands for inmates to be released.

KTUU-TV reports that Alaska State Troopers were called just before 5 p.m. Monday to the Spring Creek Correctional Center when a 31-year-old woman with a gun approached the prison.

Troopers say the woman said she would kill herself if the convicted killers were not released. She then shot herself in the head. She was still breathing when she was taken to Seward Hospital and was pronounced dead at 9 p.m.

An autopsy will be performed by the State Medical Examiner’s Office.