Fairbanks officer kills armed suspect

Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks police officer has shot and killed a man who pointed a handgun at him.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported the officer early Tuesday morning spotted a vehicle reported stolen and attempted make a stop. Two people were inside.

The car pulled over and the driver fled on foot.

Deputy Chief Brad Johnson said the passenger tried to run but fell down, pulled a handgun and pointed it at the officer.

The officer fired, killing 21-year-old Matthew Dillingham.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave.

The driver has not been caught. The incident was the third this month of police officers shooting and killing armed suspects. The other incidents were in Anchorage and Golovin.

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