Man catches fire in stand-off with Alaska State Troopers

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers were on scene in North Pole Wednesday night for a three hour standoff with a local man. Just before 5 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a driver slumped over in his seat at Riverview Quickstop. According to AST, Jeffery M. Whaley, a convicted felon, had his finger on the trigger of a firearm and a bottle of beer next to him. Troopers made verbal contact with Whaley but he refused to comply. Alaska State Troopers and the Fairbanks Police Department pinned Whaley's vehicle in place using armored rescue vehicles. Troopers also launched chemical agents inside the truck in an attempt to dislodge Whaley. According to AST, one munition that landed in the truck discharged after Whaley sat on it. He exited the truck with his clothing on fire.

"The last device that we put in landed in such a fashion that it landed in his lap somewhere, he ended up sitting on it. There is some heat that's generated from those, but they are designed for indoor use, we're not certain how the fire started, we believe it might have been started by that, but we haven't finished our investigation with that," said Lt. Brian Wassmann.

After the fire was put out, Jeffrey Whaley was detained. He is now recovering in the hospital and is facing a felony crime of felon in possession of a firearm, and the misdemeanor crimes of DUI and possession of a firearm while impaired.