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Suspect charged with attempted murder after shooting with police officer in Wasilla

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Published: Dec. 17, 2020 at 6:03 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A suspect, with multiple felony warrants, is in custody after a shooting with law enforcement in Wasilla Thursday evening.

Wasilla Police Department officers initiated a traffic stop just before 5 p.m. Thursday. The vehicle failed to stop and continued driving at high speeds, a trooper dispatch says.

The vehicle was caught up with by the officer near the Valley Country Store parking lot, near Bogard Road and Seldon Road. The driver of the vehicle and the officer then began a “volley of gunfire,” the dispatch says, and as a result, the officer and a female in the suspect’s vehicle were shot.

Alaska State Troopers, Wasilla police, Anchorage Police Department and a K9 searched for the suspect after he fled the scene on foot in the surrounding area.

At 5:54 p.m. near Sierra Street, the suspect was located, taken into custody and was identified as Patrick E. Marrs II. Marrs, 57, has four felony warrants and one misdemeanor warrant out for his arrest, according to troopers.

Alaska State Troopers have charged him with attempted murder, assault I, assault II, misconduct involving a weapon and other charges. Marrs is being held at the Anchorage Correctional Complex. According to AST, his bail will be set at arraignment.

AST Sgt. Daron Cooper said the injuries to the officer and the female appear to be non-life-threatening.

Due to WPD policy, the name of the involved officer was not be released until 72 hours after the incident. On Sunday, police identified the Wasilla Police officer involved in the shooting as Adam Gebert. According to an online dispatch by Alaska State Troopers, Gebert has been with the Wasilla Police Department for one year and has a total of five years of experience in law enforcement.

Correction: This story has been edited to correct spelling of the suspect’s name after an updated dispatch was released by Alaska State Troopers.

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