Alaska State Troopers

A Salcha man facing multiple felony arrest warrants was fatally shot by law enforcement officers early Friday morning after exchanging gunfire with state troopers.

Alaska State Troopers Northern Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and members of Southcentral SERT tried to serve multiple arrest warrants to 35-year-old Scott W. Hottinger about 7 a.m. Friday. When they arrived, Hottinger reportedly came out of the Salcha home armed with a gun and started shouting at law enforcement, according to a trooper dispatch.

Hottinger continued to approach officers after they identified themselves as Alaska State Troopers, the report stated. He then fired his gun and SERT members returned fire, killing Hottinger, troopers said.

No law enforcement officers or other individuals were injured, according to the report.

Hottinger had an outstanding no-bail felony probation violation arrest warrant issued in July which stemmed from an original charge of kidnapping, troopers said. He also had an outstanding felony arrest warrant issued for domestic violence assault and an outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrant for a previous assault, the report said.

Hottinger has previously had standoffs with law enforcement in the Salcha area. In 2013, Hottinger had an hours-long standoff with troopers after holding two females hostage inside a Salcha home. That same year, Hottinger reportedly led troopers on an 80 mph chase in the Repp Road area while they attempted to execute an arrest warrant.

The law enforcement officer who fired the fatal shot will be placed on administrative leave for 72 hours and will be identified 72 hours after the incident per Department of Public Safety policy, troopers said.

The Northern Special Emergency Reaction Team is made up of Alaska State Troopers, Fairbanks Police Department officers, and North Slope Borough Police Department law enforcement officers. The Southcentral Special Emergency Reaction Team is made up of Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers, troopers said. An investigation into the incident will be conducted by the Alaska Bureau of Investigation, according to troopers. Upon completion, the investigation will be reviewed by the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions.

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