An armed man who fled from Alaska State Troopers near Big Lake remained on the loose Wednesday.
The man led a trooper on a short car pursuit and fired a gun before running away at about 8:20 a.m. Tuesday. Troopers launched a manhunt in the area, including officers with body armor and long guns, two helicopters and at least one police dog.
The active search ended Tuesday afternoon, said trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters.
"We have not located the guy," Peters wrote in an email. "We are encouraging the people in Big Lake (and everywhere really) to keep safety a priority. Keep your doors locked, supervise your children playing outside, don't let strangers in your home and most importantly, if you see suspicious activity, notify troopers or your local law enforcement."
The man was last seen fleeing into the woods off of Burma Road. Peters described him as 5-foot, 7-inches with short hair and "possibly of Asian descent."
Peters said the direction the man fired the gun, when a trooper tried to pull him over, was unknown. She would not answer questions about other details of the encounter, such as the type of firearm the man was carrying and whether troopers believe they know the name of the suspect, citing the ongoing investigation.
Troopers have asked anyone with information about the case to call 352-5401.
By KYLE HOPKINS