Man shot by troopers still being treated for injuries

Alaska State Troopers have released the identity of the man shot by troopers Wednesday in Nikiski.

Troopers and Kenai Police Department officers went to a home in Nikiski to arrest Soldotna resident Brian Tupper, 37, who had several felony warrants for his arrest, troopers wrote in an online dispatch report. Tupper was shot at the scene and is currently being treated for his injuries, according to the dispatch.

“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,” troopers wrote in the dispatch. “Tupper was stuck by gunfire.”

There were two officers from the Kenai Police Department at the scene.

“We responded to assist with investigation and our officers did not fire their weapons,” said Kenai Police Chief Dave Ross.

No troopers were hurt, and the names of the troopers who fired their guns will be released 72 hours following the shooting, per department policy.

The warrants for Tupper’s arrest stem from three open court cases where he faces charges of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second, third and fourth degrees, driving without a valid license, criminal trespass and evading a police officer, according to the dispatch and online court records.

Tupper has not been charged with anything new, said Alaska State Troopers Public Information Officer Megan Peters.

“At this point in time the man has not been arrested on anything,” she said, explaining that his warrants are still outstanding.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation, a branch of the troopers, is investigating the incident.

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