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Trooper fires on out-of-control Nikiski dogs

Meth, marijuana, assault charges pending after pit bulls, owner attack officer in driveway

Posted: Friday, May 20, 2005

While investigating a report of a possible drunk driver in Nikiski on Wednesday night, an Alaska State Trooper was forced to fire two rounds from his handgun to fend off three attacking pit bulls.

Trooper Terrence Shanagin was in a driveway near Mile 27.7 of the Kenai Spur Highway when the incident occurred, and as he fired his gun, Donald Brand, 54, of Nikiski, allegedly came out of his residence and charged the trooper with his arms raised, holding unknown items in his hands and making growling noises, according to a trooper report.

Shanagin reportedly talked Brand down and arrested him for fourth-degree assault on a police officer. The trooper learned Brand had a backpack in one hand and was putting on a vest as he charged Shanagin.

One of the dogs ran off into the woods after the shooting and was not immediately found, one was unharmed and one received a surface wound to its face, according to trooper spokesperson Greg Wilkinson. Shanagin was unharmed.

Brand was found to be in possession of approximately one-half gram of methamphetamine, a pocket electronic scale and 16 quarter-ounce bags of marijuana, the trooper report said.

A search warrant was obtained for Brand's residence where troopers subsequently found 113 marijuana plants and grow equipment.

A meth lab was found in the garage, and troopers seized meth production items.

Meth lab certified officers from the Kenai and Soldotna police departments and a HAZMAT disposal team from Anchorage retrieved the meth lab hazardous materials.

Charges of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and four counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance are pending against Brand.

He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.



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