Nikiski man arrested for threatening troopers, snow plowers with shotgun

A Nikiski man is in custody after reportedly threatening two people in a snow plowing truck and Alaska State Troopers.

Michael Wicker, 56, allegedly pointed a shotgun at two people in a plow truck while “highly intoxicated” on Saturday, according to an online troopers dispatch. When the troopers arrived, Wicker then pointed a shotgun at them before moving to a separate room of a house, according to the dispatch.

The Kenai Police were called to assist the troopers, and the officers attempted to contact Wicker and his wife by phone, according to the dispatch.

“Negotiations for Michael to come to the door were unsuccessful,” troopers wrote. “(Troopers) made entry into the residence and Michael was arrested without incident.”

Wicker was taken to the Wildwood Correctional Complex’s pretrial facility. He is being held without bail on charges of three counts of assault in the third degree, two counts of misconduct involving weapons in the fourth degree, four counts of reckless endangerment and one count of disorderly conduct, according to the dispatch.

Assault in the third degree, which is to cause someone fear of injury with a weapon, is a class C felony in Alaska, punishable by up to five years in prison. The misconduct involving weapons and reckless endangerment are both class A misdemeanors, punishable by up to one year in prison and up to a $10,000 fine, and the disorderly conduct charge is a class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in prison and up to a $2,000 fine.

Wicker was arraigned Sunday morning and has a preliminary hearing scheduled or March 1, according to online court records.

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