A man is dead after being shot during a fight with an Alaska State Trooper late Saturday night near Sterling.
A trooper tried to pull the man over near mile 82 of the Sterling Highway at around 11:20 p.m. Saturday, according to a trooper dispatch. The driver did not stop, and when the trooper finally pulled him over, the man initiated a physical fight with the trooper, according to the dispatch.
The trooper pulled his gun and shot the man, who was pronounced dead on the scene. The trooper was taken to Central Peninsula Hospital for minor injuries by a Central Emergency Services ambulance, said CES Captain Lesley Quelland.
The man’s name has not yet been released. The Alaska State Troopers do not release the name of a trooper involved in a shooting until 72 hours after it happens.
Alaska State Troopers Public Information Officer Megan Peters did not release any further information Sunday and did not respond to an email requesting confirmation of the man’s name.
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