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Trooper shoots armed man at Delta Junction campground

Posted: September 30, 2011 - 4:38am

FAIRBANKS — A soldier from Fort Wainwright was shot and wounded Monday by an Alaska State Trooper in Delta Junction after the soldier pointed a gun at the officer, authorities said.

Spec. Timothy J. Fitzgerald, 28, was expected to be arraigned later in the day after troopers forwarded a charge of third-degree felony assault to the district attorney, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (http://bit.ly/q1RTqX).

The shooting occurred when troopers were called to the Delta State Recreate Site campground shortly after midnight. They had received reports of an intoxicated man shooting off a gun.

When a trooper arrived, someone pointed out the location of the shooter. Troopers say Fitzgerald was lying on the ground and pointing a gun at them. A trooper responded by shooting and wounding the man.

There were no other injuries.

Fitzgerald was initially treated at Delta Junction clinic then transferred to Bassett Army Memorial Hospital. He was released and taken to the Fairbanks Correctional Center before his arraignment.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigations is conducting a probe. Fitzgerald is a combat engineer in the rear detachment of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Army spokesman Lt. Col. Bill Coppernoll told the News-Miner.

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