When Fairbanks police officers attempted to stop a man involved in a “domestic related incident” early Saturday morning, the interaction ended in a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound.

At 1:47 a.m. Saturday, the Fairbanks Police Department investigated a reported domestic incident and located the suspect, a man, on College Road near Creamer’s Field within an hour of the call. They were able to stop the vehicle, but it stopped in the oncoming traffic lane. Officers blocked traffic to prevent the public from entering the roadway.

According to a Saturday news release, the man drove off the roadway and into a wooded area. Officers approached the vehicle and heard a gunshot. The vehicle re-entered the roadway, hit a bus stop and rolled out of sight into a ditch.

Yumi McCulloch, the Police Department public information officer, said the time between officers finding the man and his vehicle rolling into the ditch was about five minutes. “It was all very, very quick,” she said.

Officers were unable to see inside the vehicle, due to its position and low light. Alaska State Troopers’ BearCat, an armored tactical response vehicle, arrived to assist. Officers approached the vehicle on foot alongside the BearCat.

According to the news release, Fairbanks Fire Department emergency medical personnel determined that the suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

McCulloch said the name of the deceased would not be released publicly, due to the domestic nature of the initial call. Next of kin have been notified.  

Contact the newsroom at 459-7572.