Troopers release names of officers involved in shooting

Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers on Sunday released the name of the trooper who shot and killed a man near Soldotna as he charged his car toward another trooper after refusing to get out of his vehicle.

Arthur J. Osborn, 26, of Seward, fired the weapon that killed 30-year-old Casey G. Porter of Nikiski early Saturday, troopers said. Osborn, a K-9 handler, was hired by the agency in March 2001. He is a former Spring Creek corrections officer.

The other trooper at the scene was identified as Joseph Whittom, 26, hired in August 2001. Before joining the troopers, Whittom worked as a corrections officer in Bethel.

Troopers continued to investigate the shooting and investigators were at the scene again Sunday morning and conducting interviews throughout the day, trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said. He said an autopsy still had not been done on Porter.

According to troopers, the incident occurred after a state Department of Transportation employee spotted a blue sedan early Saturday parked in a pullout on the Kenai Keys Road at mile 80 of the Sterling Highway.

The transportation department employee told troopers the sedan had been parked at the pullout for more than a couple of hours.

Osborn and Whittom arrived at the scene. While Osborn talked with Porter, Whittom stood outside the patrol car, which was parked in front of the sedan.

Porter reportedly twice refused to get out of his car so Osborn sprayed him with pepper spray in an effort to get him to comply. Porter then began driving his car toward the marked patrol car and Whittom.

Osborn ordered him to stop and when he didn't fired his gun, hitting the man. The car continued moving until it hit the patrol car. Medics were called but Porter died at the scene.

Osborn and Whittom have been placed on a three-day administrative leave.

Porter was recovering from a car wreck last year and was just starting to walk with a cane, Rose Moseley, a friend, told the Anchorage Daily News.

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