Alaska man killed, deputy marshal wounded in warrant case

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A man was fatally shot in the western Alaska community of Aniak after injuring a deputy U.S. marshal and brandishing a shotgun as a task force sought to carry out an arrest warrant, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

The incident happened Friday.

According to a statement from the department, a U.S. Marshals task force was in the community at the request of the Alaska State Troopers to carry out what the department described as a high-risk arrest warrant for Andrew John, 34. As the task force was clearing the home, John “shot at the team” and hit a deputy U.S. marshal, the statement said.

Task force members got the deputy out and John later came out of the home with a loaded shotgun, according to the statement, which says that “multiple” members of the task force fired their weapons in response, “fatally striking” John.

The wounded deputy was listed in fair condition over the weekend, the statement said.

Messages seeking comment were left Monday for the department and U.S. Marshals Service.

The Alaska State Troopers Bureau of Investigation is handling the case and its investigation will be sent to the state Office of Special Prosecutions for review, the department said.