UAF sees third shooting death in two years
By Sam Allen
The death of sophomore petroleum engineering student, Scott Austin, 48, last Thursday, marks the third death at UAF in less than 24 months. All three deaths involved guns.
UAF biology student Jason Bourne, 26, shot himself behind the Cutler 600 block on the ski trails this April. Tschon (Sean) Ombadykow, 63, former UAF facilities worker, shot himself on the 5th floor of the Rasmuson library two years ago.
Bourne and Ombadykow’s deaths were determined to be suicides. Austin’s death is unclear. A cause of death has not been determined yet, investigators are awaiting results from the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage.
“There’s no confirmation that it’s accidental or self-inflicted intentionally,” Keith Mallard, UAF Police Chief, said to the News-Miner.
No foul play was involved according to an email Chancellor Brian Rogers sent out to students on Friday.
Austin, an Air Force veteran, originally from Greece, NY, was found by a student on her way to class in the Reichart Building parking lot near Cutler student housing. He was lying by his vehicle, dead from a gun shot wound to the head, his .308 rifle nearby when police found him at 8:09 a.m. Thursday. Austin had a 9 a.m. class in Reichart that morning according to UAF police.