- Troopers kill man who opened fire on them 09/11/01

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Troopers kill man who opened fire on them WASILLA (AP) -- A Wasilla man died Sunday night from a trooper's bullet after a gun battle with four officers, the Alaska State Troopers report.

William D. Morrison, 20, was found dead in the home of his former girlfriend near Wasilla after trading fire with the troopers, who had been called for a domestic assault, according to trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson.

Two troopers arrived at the home of Tina Robinett, 18, about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Wilkinson. Robinette came out of her apartment with her five-month-old baby and another woman when the officers arrived.

Robinette told the troopers that Morrison had assaulted and threatened her. She also told them Morrison was still in the apartment, and he was armed.

Troopers called for Morrison to come out. But when he came into view, he had a rifle, according to troopers. They say it looked like an assault weapon.

They ordered him to put the rifle down, troopers said, but he moved toward them with the rifle instead.

The initial pair of troopers retreated behind a car for cover and two more troopers arrived. But Morrison still refused to drop the rifle.

Then, standing in the doorway, he opened fire, troopers reported. The officers fired back, and Morrison disappeared back into the apartment.

Troopers waited outside and tried to contact him for three hours, but Morrison didn't respond.

At 11:30 p.m., troopers went into the home and found Morrison dead on the floor. A preliminary autopsy Monday indicated Morrison died from a single gunshot wound to the neck. The shot apparently came from a .40-caliber trooper pistol.

Troopers were checking the home for evidence Monday.

The names of troopers involved in the shooting were being withheld for 24 hours under the troopers' standard policy in such matters.

Morrison had two outstanding felony warrants against him from July, one for probation violation and one for failure to appear in court, Wilkinson said, with bail totaling $10,000. Robinett had also obtained a domestic violence restraining order against him on Aug. 22 and renewed it on Tuesday.

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