An Alaska State Trooper shot an Anchorage man Wednesday south of Wasilla after he pulled a gun while being chased on foot by the officer, troopers reported.
Albert Samoa Maifea, 35, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to a statement issued by the troopers on Thursday.
The shooting happened Wednesday night on Fairview Loop Road, near the intersection of Lookout Drive, troopers said. Maifea, who was alone in a car, had sped through a 45-mph zone on the Parks Highway, failed to stop when a trooper flashed red light, drove in the oncoming lane of traffic, then drove more than 100 mph on Knik-Goose Bay Road, the troopers report said. The car, described as a red 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix, turned onto Fairview Loop Road, troopers said.
"On Fairview Loop, near the intersection with Lookout Drive, the driver stopped the vehicle, got out and attempted to run away on foot," the troopers statement said. "The fleeing driver brandished a handgun, and the pursuing trooper discharged his duty weapon, striking the driver."
Maifea was taken to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, the trooper said.
The trooper who fired was not injured, troopers said, and his name has not yet been released.
Maifea's driver's license was revoked and there was an outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrant for him at the time of the incident, troopers said.
The troopers' statement said two witnesses to the shooting had been interviewed, but that the troopers were looking for additional witnesses to the chase and shooting. Witnesses are asked to call the Palmer post at 907-746-9106.
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