Trooper Shoots Woman After Sterling Highway Chase
At left, the line of vehicles at about 11 p.m. Sunday night held up by the Sterling Highway closure.
ALASKA - After an attempted traffic stop on the Kenai Peninsula, following multiple REDDI (Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately) reports, a female driver fired on an Alaska Wildlife Trooper about 6:15 Sunday night. The female driver of a yellow SUV had pulled to a temporary stop after traveling northbound on the Sterling Highway near Happy Valley, but then began shooting at the trooper. The trooper returned fire, but the vehicle took off northbound again.
The vehicle stopped at mile 147 in the middle of the highway, and troopers from Anchor Point and Soldotna, along with Homer police and members of the South Central SERT team responded.
After about half an hour, the woman put her hands out of the vehicle's window, and troopers made contact with her. She had an apparent gunshot wound to the midsection and was taken to the hospital in Homer.
Alaska Bureau of Investigation officers are investigating the shooting, and the trooper involved is on administrative leave for three days, per policy, after which the trooper's name will be released.
Troopers say the Sterling Highway was closed in both directions at mile 147, and was expected to reopen around 1 a.m. Monday.