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Woman wounded after exchanging gunfire with Alaska troopers during traffic stop

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Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012 10:58 pm | Updated: 10:36 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Shooting erupted on a Kenai Peninsula highway Sunday night after a state trooper tried to stop a woman for alleged erratic driving, leaving the motorist wounded, authorities said.

The violence occurred on the Sterling Highway near Happy Valley, about 30 miles north of Homer, and forced the closure of the roadway for several hours, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

The incident began around 6 p.m. when an Alaska wildlife trooper attempted to stop the driver of a yellow SUV. Peters said the woman kept going and then slowed.

"When the vehicle temporarily stopped, the female driver began shooting," Peters said in a release. "The ATW trooper returned fire."

After the exchange of gunshots, the woman sped off again but eventually stopped in the middle of the roadway as other law officers converged on the scene.

"After approximately 30 minutes the female eventually put her hands outside the vehicle" and surrendered, she said.

At that point, officers discovered that she had been shot in the torso, and she was rushed to a hospital in Homer.

Peters did not provide any details on her injuries or what may have prompted the shooting in the first place. The trooper was not hurt.

The highway was closed to most traffic, but was expected to reopen about 1 a.m. Monday.

The shooting is under investigation.

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