Details released in trooper-involved shooting

Alaska State Troopers have released the name of the trooper involved in the shooting near Cooper Landing on May 25.

 

Trooper Kevin Gill responded to a report of a man with a gun standing along the Sterling Highway near Mile 55 outside of Cooper Landing at about 2:40 p.m., according to a police affidavit.

After asking the man, identified as, Timothy Lange, 30, of Anchorage to put the gun down, Lange fired in the direction of Gill but missed him. Gill returned fire, but did not strike Lange, who then put down his .38 caliber pistol and ran on foot. No one was injured in the incident.

Gill pursued Lange and used his Taser to stop him and place him under arrest, according to the affidavit.

While Lange was being transported into a patrol vehicle, Lange grabbed onto another trooper’s duty belt and engaged in a physical struggle before he was restrained, according to the affidavit.

Lange was charged with attempted murder in the first-degree, assault in the third-degree, misconduct involving weapons in the third-degree, assault in the fourth-degree, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.

Lange was arraigned Monday in Kenai District Court and is currently jailed at Wildwood Pretrial Facility. His next court date is June 6 at 4 p.m. at the Kenai Courthouse.

Gill has been with the Troopers since August 2013 and currently assigned to Soldotna Patrol Unit.

Troopers withheld Gill’s name for 72 hours as per policy when a trooper is involved in a shooting incident. The case is still under investigation by the Alaska Bureau of Investigation.

Reach Dan Balmer at daniel.balmer@peninsulaclarion.com

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