Man killed during shootout with law enforcement in Salcha, troopers say

(Dakota News Now)
Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 1:53 PM AKDT|Updated: Oct. 11, 2021 at 8:39 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A 35-year-old man from Salcha was shot and killed by law enforcement while they were attempting to serve warrants for his arrest.

Reaction teams made up of Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Fairbanks Police Department officers and North Slope Borough Police Department law enforcement officers arrived at a residence in Salcha around 7 a.m. Friday in search of 35-year-old Scott Hottinger, who had multiple outstanding warrants.

According to an online dispatch, Hottinger left the residence with a firearm. Troopers said he moved toward law enforcement, shouting, and fired the gun. Two law enforcement officers returned fire, troopers said, and Hottinger was killed. No one else was injured.

Cody Royer, a state trooper, and Lane Bonham, a Fairbanks police officer, were identified as the officers who fired their weapons during the shooting. An updated dispatch from troopers said Royer has been with troopers for a year, while Bonham has been with the police department for five years.

Both were placed on administrative leave after the shooting, the initial dispatch said.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting, which will then be reviewed by the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions.

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