Trooper named in Palmer man's Thanksgiving death
The Alaska State Trooper who shot and killed a Palmer man carrying a machete on Thanksgiving Day was also involved in a fatal Palmer shooting more than two years ago.
Trooper Christopher Havens, a six-year veteran of the force, was named in an online dispatch Sunday evening as the person who killed 20-year-old Palmer resident Cameron McCarthy on Thursday near the Eagle Hotel.
Havens and other troopers had responded that afternoon to support local police in the Palmer Train Depot area, where McCarthy had been brandishing a machete and refusing to cooperate with officers. After hours of negotiations and attempts to use less-lethal munitions against McCarthy, who was barricaded in a room, he eventually climbed onto the hotel’s sign and back down to street level.
Troopers said Havens shot McCarthy just after 6:20 p.m. Thursday, when he tried to break into an occupied apartment while still holding the machete.
Havens was involved in another fatal trooper-involved shooting when he and another trooper, Sgt. Jacob Covey, mortally wounded 33-year-old Joshua Smith on June 3, 2016. Troopers said Smith, who was taken to an Anchorage hospital but died the next day, had been waving a knife and charging at troopers during a disturbance off Hyer Road.
Another trooper, Timothy Cronin, had tried to stop Smith with a Taser just before the 2016 shooting but that attempt failed.
In both deaths, Havens’ name was withheld for 72 hours in accordance with state law.
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