Anchorage man fires at trooper in Cooper Landing, no injuries

­- Staff report

An Anchorage man is charged with attempted murder following an incident in Cooper Landing Sunday.

Alaska State Troopers arrested Timothy J. Lange, 30, and charged him with first-degree attempted murder, third-degree assault, third-degree misconduct involving weapons, fourth-degree assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest, according to a trooper report.

At about 2:40 p.m., a trooper responded to a citizen report of a suspicious man with a gun standing along the Sterling Highway near Mile 55.

When the trooper tried to contact Lange, he fired the handgun at the trooper. The trooper returned fire, according to the report.

No one was injured in the incident.

Trooper spokesperson Tim DeSpain said, as far as he knew, Lange was holding a handgun in his hand and that was what prompted the caller to report Lange. DeSpain didn’t know of any other behavior or actions by Lange that encouraged the report.

Lange is jailed at Wildwood Pretrial Facility. No bail is set.

The name of the trooper will not be released for 72 hours as per policy. The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is investigating the report, which will be reviewed by the Department of Law’s Office of Special Prosecution and Appeals.

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