ANCHORAGE - A Minnesota man named in a federal drug conspiracy case was killed and his 2-year-old son critically injured in a shootout with U.S. marshals and police at a small Alaska airport.
Alaska State Troopers were investigating the shootout Wednesday evening in Homer that killed Jason Karlo Jacob Anderson, 31, of Duluth, Minn., who was wanted on a federal arrest warrant for alleged trafficking of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana. Three others charged in the same case were arrested in January, according to federal officials in Minnesota.
Anderson's two children were in a rented car with him at the time of the shootout in a parking lot at the airport in Homer, about 130 miles southwest of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula.
"He was a drug trafficker eluding law enforcement. That he was putting children in harm's way is of great concern for us," said Tom Kelly, a spokesman for the federal Drug Enforcement Agency's Minnesota district.
The injured boy was hospitalized, but his condition was not immediately available, troopers said. The other child, a 6-month-old infant, was not injured. The children's mother lives in Alaska, said U.S. Marshal Randy Johnson, who heads the Alaska office. Officials did not identify her.
Authorities in Alaska were releasing few details about the shooting, but witnesses said Anderson opened fire on the officers and they shot back. Troopers said they launched their investigation at the request of marshals and police.
Anderson also was known as Brandon Dietzmann, the last name of two co-defendents in the drug case. Heavily tattooed, Anderson claimed to be a tattoo artist, Kelly said.
According to a federal indictment issued in December, Anderson was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute meth, cocaine and marijuana, and one count of distribution of more than 500 grams of meth.