Troopers name officers who shot, killed wanted suspect in Delta Junction
Alaska State Troopers have named two law enforcement officers as being involved in a Tuesday shooting that left a wanted suspect dead in Delta Junction.
In an online dispatch Friday, troopers identified the two people who fired their service weapons as Investigator Jack LeBlanc and Detective Nathan Werner.
LeBlanc has been with the Department of Public Safety for 12 years and is part of the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit Fairbanks Narcotics Team.
Werner was recently hired with the North Pole Police Department, is a member of the SDEU Fairbanks Narcotics Team and has 10 years of law enforcement experience.
According to the dispatch, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force was working with other agencies to serve warrants Tuesday morning around Mile 1399 of the Alaska Highway. They also wanted to take 59-year-old Daniel Duane Jensen Jr. into custody on a felony warrant for multiple counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor.
When law enforcement went to Jensen’s remote property, they saw him and another person inside one of several buildings on the premesis.
“It was clear to approaching law enforcement that Jensen became aware of the Law Enforcement presence as Jensen retrieved a high-powered long gun,” troopers wrote.
LeBlanc and Werner both fired shots. No one besides Jensen was hit or injured in the incident.
After an investigation by the Alaska Bureau of Investigation, the case will be handed over for the Office of Special Prosecutions to review.
Online court records show Jensen was charged with 13 counts of sexual abuse of a minor in 2013. At the time of his death, that case had not yet gone to trial.
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