Troopers named in Pilot Station shooting, say armed man put gun to his own head

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PILOT STATION, Alaska Troopers have identified the officers who discharged their weapons in the shootout that left a Pilot Station man dead.

According to troopers, the AST officers who fired their service weapons in the Mar. 8 shooting are as follows:

-Trooper Daron Cooper, a 10 year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers currently assigned to B Detachment Palmer Patrol

-Trooper Charles Withers, a 5 year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers currently assigned to B Detachment Palmer Patrol

-Investigator Shayne Calt, a 14 year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers currently assigned to the Alaska Bureau of Investigation

-Investigator Curtis Vik, a 16 year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers currently assigned to the Alaska Bureau of Investigation

According to a trooper correction, they say that not only did the man killed in the incident, Dwight Heckman, 27, of Pilot Station, fire shots at troopers, he also allegedly "put the gun against his own head" at one point.

Previously, troopers stated he shot at the responding officer and ran away through a wooded area behind a residence. According to the update, before he did that, "Heckman got off his ATV, produced a handgun, put the gun against his own head and ran toward the woods."

At this, troopers say, the officer "drew his sidearm and took cover behind the ATV as the suspect fled into the woods." Heckman was again spotted by the officer, at which point he "fired multiple rounds and then ran further into the woods."

The cause of death is still being determined.