Troopers involved in shooting identified

The Alaska Department of Public Safety has identified the four Alaska State Troopers involved in a shooting in Nikiski on Wednesday.

Lt. Dane Gilmore, the deputy commander of the E Detachment in Soldotna, Sgt. Jeremy Grieme of the Soldotna patrol, Sgt. Michael Zweifel of the Seward patrol and Trooper David Lorring of the Seward patrol all fired their weapons during a confrontation after an attempted arrest in Nikiski.

The troopers were responding to a tip that a man with a felony arrest warrant was at a home in Nikiski. Brian Tupper, 37, has three outstanding felony arrest warrants for Misconduct Involving Controlled Substances in the second, third and fourth degrees, driving with no valid license, criminal trespass and eluding/evading a police officer, according to a trooper dispatch.

While the troopers were trying to arrest him, Tupper drove a car at them, according to the dispatch. At that point, the troopers fired, hitting Tupper in the leg. He was taken to
Central Peninsula Hospital for medical treatment, and Gilmore, Grieme, Zweifel and Lorring were placed on administrative leave for 72 hours, per department policy. The Alaska Bureau of Investigation responded to investigate, according to the dispatch.

The Department of Public Safety withholds the names of troopers involved in shootings for 72 hours after the shooting occurs by policy. The names were released Saturday afternoon.

Tupper has not been charged with anything new, as previously reported by the Clarion.

Reach Elizabeth Earl at elizabethearl@peninsulaclarion.com.

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