Troopers: Man fatally shoots self during struggle

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

Alaska State Troopers say a 24-year-old Homer man fatally shot himself after he grabbed a trooper's gun during a struggle following a domestic violence call.

Aaron Michael Rael-Catholic died at the scene Wednesday night.

Troopers got a call from a woman reporting her ex-boyfriend was assaulting her at her home at East End Road near Homer.

Troopers say the woman left in her car, followed by Rael-Catholic in another car, which he used to ram into her vehicle.

According to troopers, the responding officer used pepper spray and a stun gun as he tried to arrest Rael-Catholic. Troopers say the two ended up wrestling on the ground, and that's when Rael-Catholic grabbed the officer's gun.

The trooper is on administrative leave. His name will not be released for 72 hours.