A woman shot in a shootout with Alaska State Troopers was still not being named Monday afternoon, and was transferred to the Alaska Native Medical Center to be treated for a gunshot wound.
Alaska State Troopers on the Kenai Peninsula received multiple REDDI reports (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) pertaining to the erratic driving of a yellow SUV Sunday night at about 5:30 p.m.
An Alaska Wildlife Trooper spotted the vehicle traveling northbound near Happy Valley along the Sterling Highway about 6:15 p.m. and attempted to make a traffic stop, according to Trooper Spokesperson Megan Peters. The female driver did not immediately stop but continued northbound.
When the vehicle temporarily stopped, the female driver began shooting. The AWT Trooper returned fire.
The vehicle then drove northbound and stopped again at mile 147 in the middle of the highway. Troopers from Soldotna and Anchor Point responded along with Homer Police Department and members of the South Central SERT team.
After about 30 minutes, the female eventually put her hands outside the vehicle and troopers were able to make contact. The female driver was discovered to have an apparent gunshot wound to her torso and was transported to the hospital in Homer, for treatment.
ABI investigators responded to the scene and are investigating. The trooper involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave for three days. The trooper’s name will be released following the administrative leave per department policy. The cause and circumstances of the shooting are under investigation. The Sterling Highway at mile 147 was closed to traffic in both direction until approximately 1:30 a.m.
Trooper Spokesperson Peters updated the report at noon on Monday to say the female suspect was treated at the hospital in Homer then was transferred to the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.
“Troopers have identified her however, her name and age will not be released as she has NOT been arrested nor charged with a criminal offense at this time. It is an ongoing investigation,” Peters wrote.
A firearm was located in the woman’s vehicle. Several spent shell casing were also recovered from the vehicle. Witnesses stated the female suspect was firing the pistol while in her vehicle, endangering some of them.
The Trooper’s vehicle appears to have been stuck by at least one round fired from the female suspect.
It is believed the gunshot to the female suspect was from the trooper who returned fire at the suspect.
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