A Wasilla man was fatally shot during a Sunday evening confrontation with Alaska State Troopers and a Wasilla Police Department officer.
Law enforcement responded to reports that two intoxicated men were in a Chevrolet pickup truck that was being driven near the intersection of Parks Highway and Palmer-Wasilla Highway.
52-year-old Gordon Samel was behind the wheel, according to troopers.
Samel allegedly pulled into the parking lot of a local business and drove away when he was confronted by a trooper who knocked on the truck's door shortly before 9 p.m.
Three patrol cars – one driven by a WPD officer, the others driven by troopers – tracked down and encircled the truck at the intersection of Parks Highway and Seward-Meridian Highway.
As a trooper and officer approached the truck on foot, Samel backed the truck directly towards the Wasilla police officer.
The trooper and officer opened fire. An autopsy confirmed Samel died from bullet wounds.
An adult male passenger was treated for a non-life threatening wound to his arm at a hospital and has been released.
The names of the trooper and the officer involved in the shooting will be released Wednesday, and an investigation will be conducted by the Department of Law to determine if the use of deadly force was legally justified.
Channel 2's Austin Baird and Corey Allen-Young contributed to this story.
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