Fort Wainwright soldier shot by Fairbanks police

Posted: Monday, July 29, 2002

FAIRBANKS - A soldier from Fort Wainwright was shot and killed by a Fairbanks police officer after a high-speed chase through the city.

Michael S. Eutenier, 19, of Kelseyville, Calif., died Saturday at Alaska Regional Medical Center, according to a nursing supervisor. He was placed on life support until his family arrived.

Eutenier and a friend, Derrick A. Lawhorn, 22, attended a barbecue at Chena Lakes Recreation Area on Saturday evening with friends, according to Lawhorn's girlfriend.

The 20-year-old Fairbanks woman said the two men began to taunt her, calling her names, throwing her sandals into the campfire and hitting her in the face with a can of chewing tobacco.

When the woman left the barbecue, Eutenier and Lawhorn followed her, she said. Eutenier repeatedly tried to run her off the road and she called police on her cell phone, she said.

Police said they found the vehicles and saw Eutenier tailgating and swerving at the woman's vehicle.

They said he sped through several stop signs and tried to drive up a steep bank.

Two police cars pulled in behind him and the officers got out of their cars. Eutenier rammed into the front of the police cars, then drove forward toward one of the officers, police said.

They said the officer, who was not named, drew his pistol and fired through the windshield, striking Eutenier, police said.

Lawhorn, Eutenier's passenger, was arrested by troopers and charged with fourth-degree domestic assault.

He was arraigned Saturday. He was being held on $5,000 bail at the Fairbanks Correctional Center.

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