Trooper Report Week of March 14, 2021 - P.O.W. Report

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Trooper Report Week of March 14, 2021


Location: Port Protection

Type: Residential Fire- Missing Person

Dispatch Text:

On 3/17/2021 at approximately 1130 hours, AST received a report from the community of Port Protection regarding a fully engulfed residential fire with one person unaccounted for. The owner of the residence, Gary Muehlberger, 75, has not been seen since prior to the fire. Deputy Fire Marshals, with the assistance of AST and AWT, are responding to Port Protection to investigate.

Location: Ketchikan

Type: MICS 2nd Degree, MICS 3rd Degree

Dispatch Text:

On March 19, 2021, the Alaska State Troopers contacted 26-year-old Ketchikan resident Jamie Cox after receiving a drug tip. Cox was contacted at the Ketchikan International Airport parking lot. During the contact and subsequent search of her person, Cox she was found to be possession of 54 grams of suspected black tar heroin and 30 grams of suspected Methamphetamine. The total value of the illegal drugs seized is approximately $30,000. Cox was remanded to the Ketchikan Correctional Center on one count of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, a Class A Felony and one count of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, a Class B Felony. AST would like to thank Ketchikan Airport Police for their assistance with the investigation.

Location: Klawock

Type: Assault 3 X5, MIW 4

Dispatch Text:

On 03/21/2021, at 1627 hours, Prince of Wales AST received a report for a male in distress in Klawock, shooting a gun, yelling and threatening to kill himself. The male was identified as Albert Macasaet Jr, age 61 of Klawock. AST responded along with Klawock PD, Craig PD, and U.S.F.S officers. After approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes of negotiations Macasaet was safely apprehended, then remanded to Craig Jail on 5 counts of Assault in the Third Degree and Misconduct Involving a Weapon in the Fourth Degree where he was held without bail. The use of alcohol and methamphetamine are believed to be a factor.

Location: Wasilla

Type: Agency Assist / Hostage Situation / SERT Call-Out / OIS

Dispatch Text:

UPDATE: The law enforcement officers that utilized their service weapons during the officer involved shooting on 3/13/2021 are identified as:

Trooper Caleb Lloyd, B Detachment Palmer Patrol, a two (2) year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers

Trooper Eyzik Sporleder, B Detachment Palmer Patrol, a two (2) year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers

Trooper Matthew Kessler, Headquarters Support Services, a seven (7) year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers

Trooper Timothy Wolff, B Detachment Mat-Su West Patrol, an eight (8) year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers

Sergeant Daron Cooper, B Detachment Mat-Su West Patrol, a thirteen (13) year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers

Officer David Burtch, Wasilla Police Department, a six (6) year veteran of Wasilla Police Department

UPDATE: The decedent from the trooper/officer involved shooting is identified as Douglas William Stroble, age 25, of Wasilla. Next of kin for Stroble has been notified.

On 3/13/2021, at approximately 2044 hours, MATCOM Dispatch received a call about a suspect vehicle that fled the scene of a hit and run incident near the intersection of Church and the Parks Highway, in Wasilla, and was last seen traveling northbound on Church Road.  Wasilla Police had already been looking for the suspect vehicle prior to the hit and run occurring as MATCOM had received previous REDDI calls of the same suspect vehicle within the city limits of Wasilla.  Wasilla Police located the suspect vehicle disabled and unoccupied near Glenkerry Drive at approximately 2049 hours.  At approximately 2105 hours, MATCOM dispatch received a call from a residence, that was a short distance from where the suspect vehicle was found by WPD, reporting that a male was on the front porch with a shotgun demanding keys to their vehicle.  The suspect broke inside the house while the occupants moved to the garage and left in their vehicle.  The suspect then left the residence and entered into another residence, which was occupied by three young children and an adult female.  The suspect, still in possession of the shotgun, separated the adult from the children while telling the female he was going to kill the children.  At approximately 2110 hours, WPD called for SERT to be activated.  SERT responded and set a perimeter around the residence and began negotiations with the suspect at approximately 2132 hours.  Negotiations were not successful and he refused to surrender.  At approximately 2249 hours, in a clear hostage situation and with a continued and imminent threat to the female and children, AST fired at the suspect and entered the house.  The suspect was still armed and was engaged again by AST and WPD upon entry.  WPD and AST fired at the suspect and he did not survive.  None of the victims in the residence were physically hurt and none of the officers involved in the incident were injured.  In accordance with policy, the names of the officers involved will be publicly released after 72 hours.  AST ABI Major Crimes responded to the scene and has assumed case responsibility.  The use of controlled substances by the suspect is believed to be a contributing factor. Efforts to notify next of kin for the decedent are underway. Investigation by ABI continues.

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