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UPDATE 12/20/20: The Wasilla Police Officer that utilized his service weapon in this incident is identified as Adam Gebert. Officer Gebert has been with the Wasilla Police Department for one year, and has a total of five years of law enforcement experience.
UPDATE 12/18/20: Alaska State Troopers have formally charged Patrick E. Marrs II, age 57 of Anchorage, with the following charges related to the officer involved shooting: Attempted Murder I, Assault I, Assault II, Misconduct Involving a Weapon III, Failure to Stop at the Direction of a Peace Officer, and Providing False Information to a Peace Officer. Marrs has been remanded to the Anchorage Correctional Complex, his bail will be set at arraignment.
Original: On 12/17/20, at approximately 1655 hours, an officer with the Wasilla Police Department (WPD) initiated a traffic stop on Bogard Road, near the intersection of Helen Lane, in Wasilla. The vehicle failed to yield and accelerated at a high rate of speed. The WPD Officer continue to pursue the vehicle on Bogard Road, until he finally caught up with the vehicle near the parking lot of the Valley Country Store, located near the round-a-bout at Bogard Road and Seldon Road. It was there that a volley of gunfire was exchanged between the male driver of the suspect vehicle and the pursing officer. As a result of the gunfire, the officer was injured, as well as a female passenger inside the suspect vehicle. The male suspect fled the scene on foot. Numerous troopers and officers with the WPD and the Anchorage Police Department, with the assistance of a K-9, converged on the area in an attempt to locate the suspect. At approximately 1754 hours, the male suspect was located in the area of Sierra Street in the Shaw Tri Lakes Subdivision and taken into custody without further incident. The suspect was identified as Patrick E. Marrs II, 57 of Anchorage. Marrs was found to have four felony warrants and one misdemeanor warrant out for his arrest, for which he was taken into custody. Investigators with AST’s Palmer General Investigation Unit (GIU) responded to the scene and assumed case responsibility. The name of the involved officer that utilized deadly force will not be released for 72 hours, per Wasilla Police Department policy. AST would also like to thank the quick response from our law enforcement partners with the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, the Alaska Bureau of Investigation, the Special Crimes Investigation Unit and the U.S. Federal Fish & Wildlife Service who responded to the scene and assisted with the investigation. Investigation continues and charges against Marrs for the incident are under review.
*This dispatch was updated to reflect the correct spelling of the suspect's name as Patrick E. Marrs II.
Posted on 12/17/2020 8:45:23 PM by DPS\mapeters