Trooper involved shooting update

Anchor Point, Alaska (KINY) Alaska State Troopers identified Matthew Wertanen as the officer involved in a shooting on December 11th.

Wertanen, a 12 year veteran of the Department of Public Safety, responded with other troopers to a disturbance in Anchor Point and shot Fernando Ospina, 47, when he opened the door to his home and pointed a rifle at them.  Troopers were first dispatch of a disturbance where shots were fired.  Ospina is recovering from the gunshot wound in Anchorage.

The incident is under investigation and will be reviewed by the Alaska Department of Law, Office of Special Prosecutions to determine if the use of force was legally justified.



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