- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Authorities have identified a Fairbanks man who was fatally shot by police after they say he took a person hostage and ignored officers’ commands to drop his weapon.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (https://bit.ly/2bBfap3 ) 28-year-old James Robert Richards was shot and killed Tuesday.

Police spokeswoman Yumi McCulloch says officers responded to a report of an armed man pointing a gun at people in a motel room. She says a struggle ensued and the man fled on foot.

Police pursued the suspect through a restaurant parking lot.

McCulloch says the man grabbed a hostage during the pursuit and ignored commands to drop his weapon.

She says police unsuccessfully used a stun gun on Richards before fatally shooting him.

McCulloch says the body cameras of officers involved have been seized for evidence.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com


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