Trooper who shot and killed man identified

    Nikolaevsk, Alaska (KINY) Sgt. Daniel Cox allegedly shot and killed Nikolai Yakunin after he had beaten and injured another trooper.

    Trooper Luke Kumfer, a seven year veteran of the Department of Public Safety, was attacked when he attempted to arrest Yakunin for violation of probation.  The Trooper Dispatch reported Kumfer radioed for backup and fired his taser at the suspect and also sprayed him with chemical spray.  Yakunin fought back and knocked the Trooper off the porch of the home and assaulted him for 20 minutes before backup could arrive.

    Cox shot and killed Yakunin to stop the assault when he reached the scene.  The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is continuing to investigate the incident.




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