Review clears trooper in fatal shooting

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A law enforcement review has found that a Fairbanks-based Alaska State Trooper took appropriate action when he shot and killed a naked man who threatened him with a knife.

Troopers on Wednesday released results of the review of department policies and procedures surrounding the Nov. 24 shooting of 38-year-old Thom G. Gruenig.

During that incident, trooper Gary Tellep and three medics responding to a 911 call found Gruenig with a knife in his hand. After Gruenig refused commands to drop the knife and advanced on the trooper, Tellep fatally shot the man.

Authorities then discovered the body of Gruenig's 66-year-old mother, Kathryn, who had died from a knife wound to the throat.

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