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Man Shot after Firing at Troopers


February 16, 2011
Wednesday PM

(SitNews) Palmer, Alaska – Vance Hopkins Barrett Jr., 53, of Palmer was seriously wounded last Thursday night after troopers in the Mat-Su Valley responded to a gun call. At approximately 10:15 on Thursday evening a 911 call reported that a suicidal man had a firearm and had already sustained one non-life threatening gunshot wound. It was also determined that family members at the location were in fear for their own safety.

Upon arrival at the residence, troopers established a perimeter and initiated verbal communication with the suicidal male. The man came to the door brandishing a firearm and fired upon troopers. Multiple troopers returned fire and the man retreated inside the residence. No troopers were injured in the exchange of gunfire. The Southcentral Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) was activated to assist in getting the armed gunman safely into custody. Prior to SERT's arrival the man turned himself over to law enforcement without further incident.

Medical personnel were standing by at the scene and were able to transport the man to a local hospital after he surrendered. Barrett is currently at a local hospital receiving treatment for the injuries he sustained.

Palmer resident Vance Hopkins Barrett Jr. has been charged with two counts of Attempted Murder and three counts of Assault in the Third Degree. Barrett is currently hospitalized and under guard while he receives treatment for his injuries.

The troopers involved in the shooting in Palmer on Feb. 10, 2011 were:

Trooper Phillip “Nathan” Duce, Alaska State Troopers, Palmer Post
Trooper David Eastwood-Koleszar, Alaska State Troopers, Palmer Post
Trooper Joseph Hess, Alaska State Troopers, Palmer Post

Other troopers were on scene, but did not fire their service weapons. The incident is under investigation by the Alaska Bureau of Investigation. No further information is available for the public at this time.


The investigation into the cause and circumstances surrounding the shooting is ongoing and is being handled by the Alaska Bureau of Investigation.



Source of News:

Alaska Department of Public Safety


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