Here is the statement from the Alaska State Troopers on the early-morning trooper-involved shooting on the Glenn Highway north of Anchorage on Friday:
Location: Glenn Highway
Case Number: AK 12225200
Type: Trooper-involved shooting
Text: On 8/3/12 at approximately 0401 hours, Alaska State Troopers attempted to stop a 1994 Saturn Coupe at Lucille Street and the Parks Highway. The vehicle was observed failing to signal as it made a right-hand turn onto the Parks Highway from Tommy Moe Road. The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit ensued heading southbound on the Parks Highway. Prior to passing the Trunk Road turnoff, spike strips were deployed and managed to deflate a tire. However, the vehicle continued driving southbound onto the Glenn Highway. As the vehicle neared milepost 25, the vehicle caught on fire and stopped in the southbound lane.
The driver and sole occupant, a male, exited the vehicle and started running toward the northbound lane. Attempts to subdue the individual, including use of a Taser, were unsuccessful. The man then stopped running and advanced on three troopers with a raised bat. At that time, a trooper fired and shot the man with his duty weapon at approximately 0420. The man was declared deceased on scene. Alaska State Troopers were assisted by officers from the Anchorage and Wasilla police departments to include a WPD canine. No officers or troopers were injured in the incident. The southbound and northbound lanes of the Glenn Highway were closed until the scene could be secured.
APD took responsibility for traffic control and began a pilot car system to route vehicles through the two southbound lanes to allow traffic to move in both directions. Traffic was backed up to the interchange of the Glenn and Parks highways. The northbound will remain closed for several hours until the on-scene investigation is complete.
The name of the trooper will be released in 72 hours per department policy.
The Alaska Bureau of Investigation responded and assumed case responsibility.
Anyone witnessing either the pursuit or incident that has not been already contacted by law enforcement is asked to call ABI in Palmer at (907)745-2131.