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Law enforcement officers identified in shooting in Wasilla on Christmas

 Alaska State Troopers (KTUU News)
Alaska State Troopers (KTUU News) (KTUU)
Published: Dec. 25, 2020 at 10:33 AM AKST|Updated: Dec. 28, 2020 at 8:01 AM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska State Troopers have identified the law enforcement officers involved in a shooting on Christmas in Wasilla.

AST says the trooper who fired their weapon is Trooper Caleb Lloyd, a three-year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers say Wasilla Police Department officer Nate Lecours, a three-year veteran of WPD and has a total of 5 years of law enforcement experience, also fired their weapon.

According to troopers, a Palmer man is in custody after shooting at officers responding to a domestic disturbance call early Christmas morning in Wasilla.

Troopers say a woman called MATCOM dispatch around 12:20 a.m. stating her boyfriend was going to kill her. The caller got to a point where she could no longer speak with dispatch, but she kept the line open. According to trooper dispatch, a man was heard in the background saying he was going to kill the caller and a gunshot was heard.

When Alaska State Troopers and Wasilla Police responded and escorted the caller to safety, 35-year-old Joseph Frantz opened fire on the officers from what troopers say “appeared to be an ambush position.”

A state trooper and Wasilla Police officer returned fire and injured Frantz. No officers were injured, according to trooper dispatch.

Frantz is in custody and being treated in a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. He will be charged with four counts of first degree attempted murder, three of which are law enforcement and the other is domestic violence related.

According to trooper dispatch, additional charges will be filed as the investigation revealed that Frantz shot at the neighbor’s home moments before officers arrived.

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