Man threatened them with 12-gauge shotgun, troopers say

His girlfriend denies the charges, says he gave her the weapon.

Associated PressAugust 11, 2012 

FAIRBANKS -- A man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after Alaska State Troopers say he threatened them with a shotgun at a home near Manley Hot Springs.

Trapper Killsmany, 56, was arraigned Friday and remained in the Fairbanks Correctional Center without bail. A trapper by trade, Killsmany changed his name from David Goldsmith in 2003.

Troopers arrived at the home Wednesday to serve Killsmany with an arrest warrant. Killsmany was on probation for violating a restraining order that barred him from contacting his daughter and son-in-law, and he allegedly violated the terms.

Killsmany's girlfriend, Marcella Moore, answered the door and the troopers were quickly met by Killsmany and his shotgun.

Trooper Andrew Neason wrote in the criminal complaint that he looked directly down the barrel of a 12-gauge shotgun before moving it away with his left hand.

Moore, however, told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that Killsmany never pointed the gun at troopers and Neason never touched it.

"I said, 'Just give me the gun, Trapper,' and he handed me the gun," she said. "I took it back in the kitchen and laid it across the sink."

Moore said the charge of attempted murder is an injustice.

"We all knew growing up that there was bad law enforcement but I never in my life thought that they would lie like this," she said.

In the criminal complaint, troopers say they pulled the shotgun away from Killsmany and subdued him.

The troopers said Killsmany later made comments such as, "You're lucky to be alive," and, "That was the wrong thing to do, grab my shotgun."

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