Man shot trying to run over trooper

Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2003

Alaska State Troopers shot and killed a Nikiski man early Saturday morning in Sterling.

According to troopers, at around 2 a.m., an Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities employee reported a suspicious vehicle parked in the pullout at Kenai Keys Road and Mile 80 of the Sterling Highway.

Two troopers responded to the scene, where they found a blue sedan occupied by Casey G. Porter, 30.

One trooper parked his car behind Porter's vehicle, then proceeded to order him from the car. The second trooper parked in front of Porter's vehicle, then stood between his vehicle and Porter's.

After Porter refused repeated orders to exit the vehicle, the first trooper sprayed him with pepper spray. At that time, Porter began driving his vehicle toward the trooper in front of him. The first trooper ordered him to stop, and when Porter didn't comply, the trooper fired his gun at the car, striking Porter. His car continued moving, impacting the patrol car.

Troopers requested medical assistance, however Porter was pronounced dead when medics arrived at the scene.

The troopers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave. Their names are expected to be released today.

Two trooper investigators from the Criminal Investigations Bureau and two crime scene specialists in the mobile crime scene van from the state crime lab spent most of the day at the scene Saturday conducting an investigation.

According to trooper spokes-person Greg Wilkinson, the investigation is expected to take some time to complete.

"Obviously in situations like this, you want to be extra cautious and thorough with the investigation," Wilkinson said.

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