03/03/2006

Shootout with marshals in Alaska kills man, hurts toddler

The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska- A man wanted on federal drug charges was killed and a toddler wounded in a shootout with authorities at a small airport, officials said.

State troopers were investigating the Wednesday shootout in Homer, which killed Jason Carlo Jacob Anderson, 31, of Duluth, Minn. Two children were in a rented car with Anderson, also known as Brandon Dietzmann, officials said.

A 2-year-old girl was hospitalized, but her condition was not available, U.S. Marshal Randy Johnson said. A 6-month-old infant was not injured. Their mother lives in Alaska.

Johnson said one deputy marshal was involved in the shooting. He declined to elaborate.

Anderson had been charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana, and with distributing meth, according to a federal warrant.

Authorities in Minnesota contacted marshals in Alaska last week after learning Anderson may have fled to the state, said Chris Connolly, warrants supervisor with the marshals' Minnesota district.

Homer is about 130 miles southwest of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula.

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