Suspect in Trooper-Involved Shooting Charged With Assault

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     The suspect has been identified as Christopher D. Chapman, age 21, of Anchorage.

     Alaska State Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters says Chapman was arrested July 18.

      “The arrest warrant was issued through the Kenai District Court," says Peters. "Chapman was the man who was shot on the trooper-involved shooting that occurred on the 15th.”

     The arrest was made upon Chapman’s release from the Anchorage hospital where he had been transported after the shooting.

     Chapman has been charged with two counts of assault in the third degree, two counts of felony failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer and two counts of reckless driving.

     The Trooper involved has been identified as Eric Jeffords.

     “Jeffords is a seven year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers and he is currently assigned to the ‘E’ detachment, Cooper Landing post,” says Peters.

     On July 15, Troopers were notified by the Seward Police of a despondent driver on the Seward Highway. 

     After an earlier pursuit was called off for safety reasons, Chapman’s vehicle was stopped by a spike strip near milepost 68 of the Sterling Highway.

     After getting out of his vehicle, he disobeyed Trooper instructions and retrieved a firearm from his trunk.

     At that point, he was shot by Trooper Jeffords. Chapman sustained serious injuries and was transported to a medical facility.

     Chapman is now being held at the Anchorage Correctional Complex pending arraignment.



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