Troopers: Man shot by officer advanced with flammable liquid

July 9, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say the man shot and killed last week by an officer was carrying a container of flammable liquid.

Troopers Monday released additional details in the death of 38-year-old Eric Hash at a home in Copper Center.

Hash died early Friday morning after he was shot by Trooper Kamau Leigh, a six-year veteran stationed in Glennallen.

Troopers shortly after 2:30 a.m. received a report that Hash was assaulting a 72-year-old family member.

Troopers say their preliminary investigation indicates that when Leigh arrived at the home, Hash advance toward the trooper and his nearby patrol car while holding a container of “incapacitating, flammable liquid in his hand.”

Leigh fired, mortally wounding Hash.

Hash died at a hospital.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is investigating the use of deadly force.

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