Galena man shot by Fairbanks state troopers dies of injuries

FAIRBANKS — A Galena man shot by Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks has died of his injuries.

Troopers say 19-year-old Tristan Vent died at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Troopers say Vent just after 10 a.m. Sept. 8 was stopped near the Davis Road ball fields in south Fairbanks because an officer noticed he was driving a vehicle reported stolen that morning.

Troopers say Vent had a gun.

Troopers say they tried to negotiate a surrender before using “less-lethal” force to attempt to arrest Vent.

Five troopers eventually fired guns at Vent, including Capt. Ronald Wall, commander of the Fairbanks trooper detachment.

Vent was seriously wounded. He was transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and eventually Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

An investigation into the shooting continues.

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