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State Trooper Shoots GI at Alaska Campground

August 2, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Blue star marks location of Monday's shooting at an Alaska campground.

Fort Wainwright soldier was shot by an Alaska State Trooper at a Delta Junction campground early Monday (Aug. 1), the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

At 12:09 a.m., Alaska State Troopers were called to a Delta State Recreation Site campground across from the Delta Junction airport in response to the report of an intoxicated man firing a gun.

At the campground, someone pointed out Spc. Timothy J. Fitzgerald to a trooper as he was getting out of a patrol car, troopers said.

Fitzgerald, 28, was reportedly lying on the ground and pointing a gun at them. The trooper shot and hit him.

Troopers said Fizgerald was carrying a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol.

Fitzgerald was taken to Delta Family Medical Center for medical intervention and later taken to Bassett Army Memorial Hospital where he was treated before being taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center. Troopers forwarded a charge of third-degree felony assault to the district attorney.

Fitzgerald is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. today at the Rabinowitz Courthouse.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigations is investigating the shooting. Per trooper policy, the name of the trooper will be withheld until Thursday morning.

No one else was injured during the attack, troopers said.

Fitzgerald is a combat engineer in the rear detachment of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Army spokesman Lt. Col. Bill Coppernoll said.

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