Woman tries to shoot trooper

Soldotna resident arrested after pointing gun at officer, pulling trigger

Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2006

A Soldotna woman was arrested on an attempted murder charge Saturday after she pointed a loaded pistol at an Alaska State Trooper and pulled the trigger several times, according to troopers.

At 3:34 a.m. Saturday, four troopers responded to 44-year-old Annette Victorien’s residence near Mile 1.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway when she became suicidal, said Greg Wilkinson, spokesperson for troopers.

The troopers surrounded the house and tried to hail Victorien, but she told dispatchers over the phone she would not come out until a trooper came to her door and knocked, he said.

About 45 minutes after troopers had arrived, trooper Larry Erickson knocked on Victorien’s door and Victorien opened it, looked out for a moment, closed it and then reopened it.

Victorien was angry but unarmed and told Erickson to come into the house, Wilkinson said.

Erickson approached Victorien and tried to calm her down, and Victorien stepped behind a couch and then came out from behind the couch holding a hand gun.

“And she pointed it at trooper Erickson from about five feet away and pulled the trigger and the hammer fell with a click,” Wilkinson said.

Erickson retreated and Victorien pursued him out the door yelling, waving the gun and pointing it again at Erickson while continuing to attempt to fire it, he said.

“Talk about scary, holy smokes,” he said. “She’s just lucky she didn’t get herself shot. I don’t know if that is what she wanted or not, but she’s lucky.”

The gun failed to fire, but not because it was unloaded, said Sgt. James Truesdell.

Truesdell said Victorien was under the influence of alcohol when the incident occurred and that she might not have known how to operate the gun.

With Victorien outside of her residence, troopers subdued her with a taser, arrested her on charges of first-degree attempted murder, four counts of third-degree assault on a police officer, fourth-degree assault on a police officer and fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons and took her to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

Patrice Kohl can be reached at patricekohl@peninsulaclarion.com.

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