FAIRBANKS, Alaska – A suspect in a multi-day crime led Fairbanks Police in a quick chase that resulted in his death.
The Elliot Highway was closed several hours after the incident.
Garrett James Ebenal was shot by the police after he approached them with a gun.
According to the police, Ebenal was suspected of stealing a Walmart firearm and then attempting to carjack a Saturday driver. According to loading documents, he fled to Fred Myer & # 39; s where he got a ride.
"The message I send is that if you do, we will stop you, we will protect this community and we will pursue you and we will stop you," said Fairbanks police commander Eric Jewkes.
On Tuesday, FPD received a report of a carjacking on College Road. About 30 minutes later, an armed robbery was reported to a company on College Road.
Chief Jewkes said he blames Ebenal.
"I put this on the feet of Mr. Ebenal," said Jewkes. "He made a series of bad decisions and put the officers in a very difficult situation to make a decision immediately to protect themselves and this community and that is difficult, that is very difficult to do, we know from experience in this department and they did that for you. "
A police detective saw the stolen car on the Steese Highway and chased the vehicle to the Hilltop Restaurant, where it turned. On his way back to the city, the driver lost control and went into the ditch while trying to avoid a semi-truck on the side of the road.
According to police, Ebenal left the vehicle with a drawn pistol and came to the police who shot at him.
They provided first aid, but he was declared dead on the spot.
"We do not forget the value of human life," said Head Jewkes. "We do not forget, despite all the bad things that Mr. Ebenal has done, that he was still a human being."
The officers involved in the shooting are placed on a standard minimum three days administrative leave and the incident is investigated per department policy.