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Suspect arrested in Alaska prosecutor death

December 10, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A former Washington state representative working as an assistant district attorney in Alaska was killed Monday night in a shooting.

KTUU-TV (http://bit.ly/1wd8ALB) reports 48-year-old Brian Sullivan died Monday night in a shooting at a home in Barrow, the northernmost community in the United States.

North Slope Borough officials say a man was taken into custody. The suspect’s name was not immediately released.

Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Law’s Criminal Division Rick Svobodny said Sullivan had worked for the state since the spring of 2012, Alaska Public Radio Network reported (http://bit.ly/12Ka1q3).

“When I interviewed him actually for a job he was interested in moving to a rural community because he had served in the military overseas in the Middle East and enjoyed being in a place with a different culture, so he wanted to experience an Alaska Native community and specifically requested to go to Barrow,” Svobodny said.

Interim North Slope Borough Police Department Chief Darryl Holman requested that Alaska State Troopers assist in the investigation and Fairbanks troopers were preparing to fly to Barrow.

Sullivan on his website described himself as a military veteran who served as an Army judge advocate general.

Sullivan served in the Washington state House from January 1997 to January 2001.

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