Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Thursday, August 19, 2021

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A Detachment ...No news reported.

B Detachment

  • AK21095313

    Location: Wasilla

    Dispatch Text:

    On 08/18/2021 at approximately 1305 hours, AST was called to a welfare check at Palmer Wasilla Highway and Seward Meridian for a man asleep behind the wheel at the Perk Up coffee stand. Investigation revealed Brandon Seybert, a 32-year-old male of Port Heiden, was Driving Under the Influence of controlled substances. Brandon resisted arrest and was in possession of a firearm while impaired. Charges were filed against Brandon for DUI, Misconduct Involving Weapons in the 4th degree, Resisting Arrest, and Assault 4. Brandon was remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial and bail was set for a total of $1000.

    Posted on 8/19/2021 7:25:35 AM by DPS\tmrosario

C Detachment

  • AK21095599

    Location: Selawik
    Type: Trooper Involved Shooting

    Dispatch Text:

    UPDATE: The Alaska State Trooper that discharged their service weapon on 8/19/2021 is identified as Trooper Joshua Rallo. Trooper Rallo is a 16-year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers.  

    On August 19, 2021, at approximately 0520 hours, an Alaska State Trooper in Selawik responded to a reported burglary and theft involving a firearm at a Selawik residence. When the Trooper arrived at the scene, the suspects were not immediately located. The Trooper continued efforts to locate the suspects and contacted two men. One of the men was armed with a shotgun. At approximately 0540 hours, the Trooper perceived a threat and discharged their service pistol, fatally striking the armed man. The Trooper was not injured. The deceased man is identified as 26-year-old Selawik resident Douglas Brown, Jr. Brown Jr. had an active $10,000 warrant for Burglary 1 with a firearm, Theft 2, Theft 3, and Criminal Mischief issued August 7, 2021, a $5,000 warrant for Assault 3 and 4 issued August 17, 2021, and a no-bail warrant for a probation violation issued July 22, 2021. Brown’s remains will be sent to the Alaska State Medical Examiner in Anchorage. Investigators from the Alaska Bureau of Investigation have responded to Selawik to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident. Once their investigation is completed, it will be forwarded to the Alaska Department of Law’s Office of Special Prosecutions for review. The Alaska State Trooper has been placed on administrative leave for 72 hours, and the name of the Trooper that discharged their service weapon will be released in 72 hours in accordance with department policy.

    Posted on 8/19/2021 3:09:36 PM by DPS\ajmcdaniel

D Detachment

  • AK21095477

    Location: NENANA
    Type: DWLR

    Dispatch Text:

    On 8/18/21, at 1750 hours, Nenana base Trooper and VPSO observed an unsafe vehicle being operated within the city limits of Nenana.  Investigation determined Annette McCotter age 50 of Fairbanks was issued a summons for DWLR and a couple of citations for traffic court.  A report was sent to the Fairbanks DAO in this incident. 

    Posted on 8/19/2021 3:57:43 PM by DPS\mfhaglin

E Detachment ...No news reported.

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK21095492

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Sportfish Closed Waters

    Dispatch Text:

    On 08/18/2021 Alaska Wildlife Troopers from Wasilla cited Fina Kiefer, age 55 of Palmer, for sportfishing at Fish Creek in closed waters.  Fish Creek is a weekend only fishery.  Bail is set for $120 at the Palmer District Court. 

    Posted on 8/19/2021 3:28:56 PM by DPS\rrhuffman

  • AK21095494

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Sportfish Closed Waters

    Dispatch Text:

    On 08/18/2021 Alaska Wildlife Troopers from Wasilla cited Christine Bearden, age 62 of Eagle River, for sportfishing at Fish Creek in closed waters.  Fish Creek is a weekend only fishery.  Bail is set for $120 at the Palmer District Court. 

    Posted on 8/19/2021 3:29:35 PM by DPS\rrhuffman

  • AK21095795

    Location: Admiralty Island
    Type: Commercial Fish Closed Waters

    Dispatch Text:

    On 8-15-21 Alaska Wildlife Troopers conducting a patrol of the commercial seine fishery on the west coast of Admiralty Island observed the FV Empress fishing in closed waters within 500 yards of a salmon stream. Permit holder Troy Thomassen, age 47, of Petersburg Alaska was cited for commercial fishing in closed waters and troopers seized 23,422lbs of salmon.


    Posted on 8/19/2021 2:40:30 PM by DPS\kjferguson

AK Bureau of Investigation ...No news reported.

AK Bureau of Highway Patrol ...No news reported.

AK Bureau of Judicial Services ...No news reported.

AK Div of Fire and Life Safety

  • AK21095597

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Structure Fire - Arson Investigation

    Dispatch Text:

    On Thursday, August 19, 2021, at approximately 0002 hours, the Alaska State Troopers were notified of a structure fire near mile 11 of Chena Hot Springs Road. The Alaska State Troopers, North Star Volunteer Fire Department, and a deputy fire marshal responded to the fire that occurred at a vacant single-family residence. The structure is estimated to be a total loss. The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office has determined the fire was incendiary and it is being investigated as arson.

    If you have any information about any of the fires that have occurred on Chena Hot Springs Road this summer, please contact the Alaska State Troopers at (907) 451-5100. To remain anonymous, tips can be submitted online at:, through the AKtips smartphone app, or via text message by sending the keyword AKTIPS and your tip to 847411.

    Posted on 8/19/2021 11:24:31 AM by DPS\ajmcdaniel