Crime & Courts

Agency identifies 4 Alaska State Troopers involved in Nikiski shooting

Alaska State Troopers have identified the four troopers who shot at a man wanted on multiple felony warrants in Nikiski on Wednesday.

In a release issued Saturday, the troopers involved were identified as Lt. Dane Gilmore, Sgt. Jeremy Grieme, Sgt. Michael Zweifel and trooper David Lorring.

Brian Tupper, 37, of Soldotna was wanted on drug and trespassing charges and for eluding police when troopers and Kenai Police Department officers went to a Nikiski home to arrest him Wednesday.

"As troopers were forming a perimeter to contact Tupper, Tupper drove a vehicle at an Alaska State Trooper and multiple troopers fired their service weapons in response," the dispatch said.

Troopers said Tupper was shot but they declined to say how many times.

Gilmore has been with the Alaska State Troopers for 23 years; Grieme, 19 years; Zweifel, 13 years; and Lorring, seven years.

After the shooting, Tupper was transported by a LifeMed Alaska helicopter to a hospital. Assistant Chief Trent Burnett of the Nikiski Fire Department declined to say which hospital received Tupper.


Troopers said Tupper was wanted on felony warrants for charges of misconduct involving a controlled substance, driving with no valid license, criminal trespassing and eluding/evading an officer.

This story includes information from previous coverage of the shooting.