Brian Sullivan Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


An Alaskan district attorney was shot-and-killed inside a home near Anchorage. Brian Sullivan, 48, was found dead after being shot on the night of December 8. He was a military veteran who formerly served in the Washington state House of Representatives.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Cops Have a Suspect in Custody

KTUU reports that a suspect is in custody. A motive for the shooting has not been established. The shooting happened around 10 p.m. at 5318 Laura Madison Street in Barrow, Alaska.


2. He Was a Bankruptcy Lawyer

According to his Facebook, Sullivan was a native of Tacoma, Washington, but was now living in Alaska. According to his official website, Sullivan passed the bar in Washington in 1995 after graduating from the University of Washington’s law school. He focused mainly in bankruptcy law while he was in private practice.


3. Sullivan Was a State Rep Who Switched Sides

He represented Tacoma’s 29th district in the Washington state House of Representatives from 1997 to 2001. Though he represented that area as a Democrat, the Alaska Dispatch News reports that Sullivan was a district chair with the Alaska Republican Party. In a Facebook post about Sullivan, the ARP said that “Brian was a spectacular person and absolutely dedicated to the service of his community.”


4. He Fought in Iraq

Sullivan was a veteran of the U.S. military and served as a U.S. Army Judge Advocate General (J.A.G.). KING 5 News in Seattle reports that Sullivan served in Iraq with the 4th Brigade, 25th Infantry Division from Alaska. According to his official website, Sullivan is graduate of “the US Army JAG officers school, the US Army Counterintelligence Agent Course and the US Army Military Police School.” His favorite quote, as listed on his Facebook page, is “Alea iacta est,” which is Latin for “the die is cast.” The quote is attributed to Julius Caesar and is used to mean that events have reached the point of no-return.


5. He Is Survived by His 3 Daughters

Sullivan’s Facebook page shows him with children, KTUU reports that his family have been notified of his death. The Arctic Sounder reports that his daughter is a student at Washington State and his other two girls are still in high school. A neighbor of the family, Mary Sage, told the Sounder:

Brian will be greatly missed in our small community. He enjoyed discussing local and state politics as he was a previous legislator in Washington state. He enjoyed participating in the local feasts, and was known for generously sharing his whale with Elders and those who did not receive any. Most of all, he will be remembered for his love for his three daughters.

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