Troopers release names of officers in shooting

ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers have released the names of two officers involved in a fatal shooting outside Wasilla.

The officers are identified as trooper Daron Cooper and Wasilla police officer Brandon Gray.

Troopers say 52-year-old Gordon Samel of Wasilla was fatally shot Sunday night after he backed his pickup toward the Wasilla officer.

A passenger in the truck was wounded in the arm and was not charged.

According to troopers, the incident began with a call that two intoxicated man were in the pickup.

Troopers say the shooting occurred after the officers caught up with the fleeing truck and the driver backed the vehicle toward the Wasilla officer.

Troopers say an investigative report will be provided to the state Department of Law to determine if deadly force was justified.


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