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Names of troopers and K9 involved in weekend shooting revealed

first_imgAlaska State Troopers. (File photo by Monica Gokey, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Authorities have identified the troopers involved in a fatal shooting of a suspect Sunday outside of Wasilla.Listen nowChristopher Havens, a trooper since 2012, and Jason Somerville, a trooper since 2015, both discharged their firearms in the shooting that killed 36-year-old Justin Smith of Wasilla early Sunday morning.Smith allegedly took troopers on a high speed chase, which ended on the Parks Highway after Troopers deployed spike strips.Troopers say Smith then attempted to flee, and trooper K-9, Rico, was sent after the suspect.Smith allegedly fired on and killed Rico, a three-year-old Dutch shepherd.Both troopers fired their weapons, fatally wounding Smith.K-9 Rico had worked with trooper Havens since October 2016.State investigators have not released any more details on the fatal shooting.This story contained contributions from Josh Edge with Alaska Public Media.last_img read more