Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Troopers Who Fatally Shot Palmer Man Have Been Identified
Fourth of July shooting is still under investigation
Headline: Troopers Involved In Fatal Fourth Of July Shooting Identified
The two Alaska state troopers who shot and killed a 19-year-old Palmer man during Monday’s early morning standoff were identified as Timothy Cronin of the Palmer post, who’s been a trooper since February of 2008, and Matthew Determan of the Mat-Su West Post, who’s been a trooper since January of 2010.
According to the Department of Public Safety, three other troopers and three Wasilla police officers were also at Winding Brook Loop in Palmer at 12:45 a.m. Monday. Troopers were dispatched there after receiving calls that Adrian Spindler was suicidal.
Troopers said Spindler was walking in and out of the home with a weapon. They said attempts to talk to him were unsuccessful. Two women who were in the home with him at the time were removed safely.
About an hour later, Troopers said, Spindler walked out onto the porch and threatened officers with a gun. Troopers said that’s when Cronin and Determan opened fire.
Medics declared Spindler dead at the scene.
The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is still looking into the shooting. The Department of Law’s Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals (OSPA) will then review ABI’s findings. DPS will also review the case to determine if the troopers’ actions were appropriate under the circumstances, in accordance with department policy and whether they used every option to try to avoid using deadly force and prevent the final outcome, said a DPS spokesperson.