Suspect in Trooper Gunfire Exchange Arrested
Palmer resident Vance Barrett, 52, was arrested and remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial for three counts of attempted murder and six counts of third-degree assault.
Correction: Shooting occurred evening of Feb. 10.
Following his release from medical treatment at the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, Palmer resident Vance Barrett, 52, was arrested and remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial for attempted murder.
Feb. 10, Alaska State Troopers responded to a 911 call of a reportedly suicidal man, Barrett, in the Valley. The caller reported that Barrett had a firearm and had already sustained one non-life threatening gunshot wound, according to Troopers. Family members on-site also claimed they were fearful for their own safety.
After establishing a perimeter, Troopers said Barrett came to the door brandishing a firearm and began to fire. Barrett retreated into the residence after Troopers returned fire; no Troopers were injured in the exchange of gunfire. The Southcentral Special Emergency Reaction Team was alerted to get the armed gunman into custody, but Barrett turned himself over to law enforcement before SERT arrived without further incident.
Barrett was transferred to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center for the injuries he sustained and is being held at the pre-trial facility for three counts of attempted murder and six counts of third-degree assault.
Alaska Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation.
More information will be released as it becomes available.