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Location: Wasilla
Type: Agency Assist: Pursuit / Officer Involved Shooting

Dispatch Text:

Update 8/29: The law enforcement officers that discharged their firearms during the officer-involved shooting that occurred on August 26th are identified as:

  • Wasilla Police Officer Cody Rice, a 2-year veteran of the Wasilla Police Department
  • Palmer Police Officer Richard Clark, a four-year veteran of the Palmer Police Department
  • Palmer Police Reserve Officer James Harvey, a five-year veteran of the Palmer Police Department.

Original: On August 26, 2021, at approximately 1843 hours, a Palmer Police Officer attempted to stop a motorcycle speeding near the Alaska State Fairgrounds. The motorcycle failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated by Palmer Police. The Wasilla Police Department joined the pursuit at the request of Palmer Police. During the course of the pursuit, officers noticed a holstered handgun on the motorcycle operator’s belt. After an approximately 17 minute pursuit, the motorcycle driver stopped on Church Road near Spruce Avenue and attempted to retrieve the handgun from his waist. Due to the driver’s actions Palmer Police Officers and Wasilla Police Officers fired their service weapons, fatally injuring the motorcycle driver identified as 27-year-old Wasilla resident Zaqua Radle-Maxson; next of kin have been notified. Upon further investigation, Radle-Maxson’s firearm was determined to be a full-size BB gun designed to look like a functioning handgun, the weapon did not have an orange tip or other markings indicating that it wasn’t a firearm.  No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident. The Alaska State Troopers were requested to conduct an investigation into the incident by the Wasilla and Palmer Police Departments. The officers that discharged their service weapons were placed on administrative leave by their agency and will be identified after 72-hours in accordance with each agency’s policies. Once Troopers conclude the investigation it will be reviewed by the Alaska Department of Law’s Office of Special Prosecutions.

Posted on 8/27/2021 11:15:49 AM by DPS\ajmcdaniel

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