Troopers disarm, detain man with 3 guns near Wasilla school
An armed man who allegedly tried to draw a gun on Alaska State Troopers was detained Tuesday near a Wasilla-area elementary school.
Troopers were called Tuesday by a driver who had been backing out of his garage when he was approached by a “suspicious individual,” according to an online dispatch.
“The male appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was asking for assistance locating his vehicle,” troopers wrote. AST responded to the area of [South Pullet Circle] and located the individual across from Machetanz Elementary School.”
Responding troopers arrested the suspect, 38-year-old Teller resident Chad Allen Risinger.
“During initial contact, [Risinger] reached for (a) concealed firearm in his waistband,” troopers wrote. “Troopers were able to disarm him and detained him.”
Troopers found that Risinger was indeed under the influence and carrying a backpack containing two other weapons: a 12-gauge shotgun and a .357 revolver. He also “had a large sum of cash.”
Mat-Su Borough School District spokeswoman Jillian Morrissey said no lockdown or stay-put was ordered at Machetanz, on East Nelson Road. A trooper called the school’s principal after the incident.
“It wasn’t on school grounds,” Morrissey said.
Risinger was taken to the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center for evaluation, with troopers forwarding disorderly-conduct and weapons-misconduct charges against him to the Palmer district attorney’s office.
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