- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A Homer man fatally shot himself after he grabbed an Alaska State Trooper’s gun during a struggle following a domestic violence call, troopers said Thursday.

Aaron Michael Rael-Catholic, 24, died at the scene Wednesday night.

Troopers got a call from a woman who reported her ex-boyfriend was assaulting her at her home at East End Road near Homer. The woman left in her vehicle, followed by Rael-Catholic in another car, which he used to ram into her vehicle, according to troopers.

Rael-Catholic got out of his vehicle and a struggle began with the responding officer, troopers said.

The trooper used pepper spray and a stun gun as he tried to arrest Rael-Catholic. The two ended up wrestling on the ground, and that’s when Rael-Catholic reportedly grabbed the officer’s gun and shot himself, troopers said.

The woman was taken to a hospital. Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said she didn’t know the extent of the woman’s injuries, or if they occurred during an assault or from the vehicle-ramming, or both.

The trooper, who was not injured, is on administrative leave. His name will not be released for 72 hours.

The incident, including how the shooting occurred, is under investigation. For now, the incident is being looked at as a trooper-related shooting, Peters said.

“We certainly want to know how all this could happen,” she said.

The troopers’ Bureau of Investigation also is investigating the alleged domestic violence assault and the vehicle collision.

An autopsy by state medical examiner’s office will be performed this week.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide