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UPDATE: Two law enforcement officers utilized their service weapon during the officer-involved shooting on 12/25/2020, one of which was an Alaska State Trooper. The trooper involved is identified as Trooper Caleb Lloyd, a 3-year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers.
Additionally, a Wasilla Police Department officer utilized their service weapon during the incident. He is identified as WPD Officer Nate Lecours, a 3-year veteran of WPD and has a total of 5 years of law enforcement experience.
ORIGINAL RELEASE: On 12/25/2020 at 0023 hours, MATCOM received a call reporting a domestic disturbance. The caller stated her boyfriend, Joseph Frantz, 35 of Palmer was going to kill her. The caller got to a point where she could no longer speak with dispatch but kept the line open. Frantz was heard in the background saying he was going to kill the caller and a shot was heard. Troopers, Wasilla Police Department and Palmer Police Department responded to the residence.
When contact was made at the door, the caller was ushered to safety by Troopers, as Frantz opened fire on Troopers and a WPD Officer from what appeared to be an ambush position. A Trooper and WPD Officer returned fire and injured Frantz. No officers were injured. Frantz was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital where he is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Court Services Officers with Judicial Services are providing round the clock guard of Frantz until he is released from the hospital. When released, Frantz will be remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial on four counts of Attempted Murder in the First Degree, three of which are on a law enforcement officer and the other is DV related. Additional charges will also be filed, as the investigation revealed that Frantz shot at the neighbor's residence moments before Troopers arrived. GIU and ABI conducted the investigation. ABI has assumed case responsibility.
Posted on 12/25/2020 10:03:34 AM by DPS\tjdespain