An Alaska State Trooper shot and killed a Sutton man Thursday night after the man fired a shotgun at Troopers who were trying to get him to comply with a restraining order.
Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters says law enforcement officials had been trying to serve a domestic violence restraining order against 58-year-old Theodule LeJeune.
In a statement, Troopers say they served the domestic-violence restraining order on LeJeune through a window about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. Peters says when Troopers returned Thursday evening, they could not get him to cooperate.
“They attempted to get LeJeune to come out and contact Troopers peacefully. That did not happen. He actually came out of the home, he fired upon Troopers and at that point returned fire,” Peters said.
Peters say the incident unfolded over a two day period. After the first attempt to serve the restraining order, Troopers withdrew and tried bringing in a crisis negotiator. Other attempts were made to get LeJeune to leave, including having his family members talk to him. All attempts failed, and yesterday, Troopers returned to the residence with an arrest warrant for LeJeune.
“One Trooper returned fire and struck LeJeune, and LeJeune succumbed to his injuries and was declared deceases on scene.
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