Alaska State Troopers have identified the trooper whose gun was reportedly obtained by a suspect in a scuffle Wednesday — and used by the suspect to fatally shoot himself — as David G. Chaffin, a five-year veteran stationed in Anchor Point. Troopers initially reported that Chaffin was responding to a domestic violence call in which 24-year-old Aaron Michael Rael-Catholic of Homer had assaulted his ex-girlfriend and rammed his vehicle into hers. When Chaffin attempted to arrest Rael-Catholic, a confrontation ensued and Rael-Catholic allegedly got hold of Chaffin’s gun and used it to fatally shoot himself in the head. Troopers said Saturday evening that the medical examiner had determined that Rael-Catholic had indeed died of a single gunshot wound to the head, and a civilian witness had seen Rael-Catholic shoot himself with the trooper’s weapon. The investigation into the incident was ongoing.
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