Crime & Courts

Troopers fatally shoot armed man during foot pursuit on Kenai Peninsula, agency says

Update 10:30 a.m. Sunday: Troopers identified Sgt. Robert Hunter was identified as the officer who shot Leman. Hunter has been with the Troopers for 20 years and is part of the A Detachment Soldotna Patrol.

Original story:

A Kasilof man was fatally shot by one or more Alaska State Troopers after he pointed a weapon at one during a pursuit Wednesday evening, according to an online alert from the agency.

Troopers were called to a home in the Coho Loop area of Kasilof, on the western Kenai Peninsula, sometime after a 6:15 p.m. report of a shot fired during a domestic disturbance, the alert said.

When they arrived, troopers saw 32-year-old Justin Leman run from the home and into the woods. Several officers followed Leman and he “produced a weapon toward a trooper and was fired upon.”

Leman died on scene despite attempts to revive him, the alert said. No officers were injured.

An investigation was continuing by the Alaska Bureau of Investigation and the troopers’ Soldotna post, according to the alert.


The name of the officer or officers who shot Leman will be released after a mandatory 72-hour administrative leave, the agency said.

The investigation will be reviewed by the Department of Law once it is complete.

No further details were immediately available.

Tess Williams

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