February 16, 2011
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:
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.
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