Man Dead After Trooper Involved Shooting

An early morning shooting involving an Alaska State Trooper left one man dead and shut down the Glenn Highway for hours Friday morning.

According to Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen,  the action began in Wasilla around 4 a.m., when a traffic violation was spotted by a Trooper.

Spike strips placed near the Glenn turnoff punctured one of the car’s tires. The male driver left the vehicle and ran into the northbound lane.

The man was pronounced dead around 4:20 a.m.

No Troopers were injured in the incident. Wasilla and Anchorage police assisted in the case.  The name of the Trooper in the shooting is being withheld for 72 hours in accordance with Trooper policy.  The name of the victim has not been released yet.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation has assumed responsibility for the case.

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APTI Reporter-Producer Ellen Lockyer started her radio career in the late 1980s, after a stint at bush Alaska weekly newspapers, the Copper Valley Views and the Cordova Times. When the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, Valdez Public Radio station KCHU needed a reporter, and Ellen picked up the microphone.

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