Family sues trooper, state for fatal shooting

Posted: Sunday, January 26, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A lawsuit has been filed against the state of Alaska and a state trooper who shot and killed a man Jan. 4.

The lawsuit alleges the shooting of Casey Porter by Trooper Arthur J. Osborn was either negligent or a use of intentional, excessive force. It names Osborn individually as well as the state and seeks more than $1 million in damages on behalf of Porter's estate.

The lawsuit was filed Jan. 15.

Porter, 30, was sitting in his car in a pullout off the Sterling Highway the night of the shooting. Osborn and another trooper responded to a report that the car was suspicious.

Osborn repeatedly ordered Porter out of his vehicle and when the driver refused fired pepper spray into the car, troopers said. Porter's car moved toward the second trooper's patrol car and Osborn fired five shots out of fear for Trooper Joseph Whittom's life, according to troopers. Four of the shots hit Porter.

The estate representative identified in the lawsuit is Danielle Gordon, the mother of Porter's young daughter.

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