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Troopers arrest man in connection to shooting officer in Anchor Point

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Alaska State Troopers.(KTVF)
Published: Aug. 23, 2021 at 2:43 PM AKDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2021 at 12:45 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The man who authorities believe to be connected to the shooting of an Alaska State Trooper in Anchor Point was arrested Tuesday morning.

Around 8:40 a.m. that day, troopers said they located and arrested 60-year-old Bret Herrick near his residence in Anchor Point.

“The Alaska State Troopers would like to thank the Anchor Point community for the valuable information that was provided that resulted in Herrick’s arrest,” the agency said in an online dispatch.

Before his arrest, the agency said a trooper assigned to Anchor Point was shot around 1 p.m. Monday.

According to a Tuesday morning update, the agency said the trooper saw Herrick, who has multiple warrants out for his arrest, at a business in downtown Anchor Point. The trooper attempted to arrest Herrick, but Herrick pulled out a handgun and fired at the trooper. The agency said the trooper fired back; however, he sustained multiple gunshot wounds from the altercation.

According to a Facebook post by Western Emergency Services, the fire and EMT service for Anchor Point and Ninilchik on the southern Kenai Peninsula, the shooting happened at the Warehouse in Anchor Point, a local store.

Herrick fled on foot before additional troopers arrived, according to the dispatch.

The trooper who was shot was taken to a local hospital to be treated. Troopers said that he was flown to Anchorage for additional treatment, and noted that the trooper was in “fair” condition Tuesday morning.

Following the shooting, troopers began a manhunt for Herrick. They wrote that Herrick was “considered armed and dangerous.”

“Law enforcement from across the region, Department of Public Safety aircraft assets, and Alaska State Troopers Special Emergency Reaction Team members from across the state descended on Anchor Point to search for Herrick,” the agency said in the release.

During the manhunt, troopers asked the public to avoid the Anchor Point area as they conducted their search, which lasted up to Tuesday morning.

Prior to Herrick’s arrest that morning, the agency’s Special Emergency Reaction Team received a tip that helped them locate him near his Anchor Point residence. Subsequently, Herrick was arrested without incident for the four outstanding arrest warrants to his name, the dispatch said.

Troopers noted that they anticipate additional charges against Herrick in regards to Monday’s shooting.

Alaska State Troopers are searching for 60-year-old Bret Herrick, shown here, in connection...
Alaska State Troopers are searching for 60-year-old Bret Herrick, shown here, in connection with a shooting Monday afternoon in Anchor Point, Alaska.(Photo courtesy Alaska State Troopers)

Chapman School in Anchor Point was initially put on lockdown, the school confirmed. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District wrote in a Facebook post that students who live in Anchor Point but attend school in Homer or north of Anchor Point would be released to their parents.

On Tuesday, the school district announced classes at Chapman School were canceled for the day due to Herrick not being apprehended by that morning. The morning bus routes for Anchor Point students to attend school in Homer were also canceled.

Residents in the area of mile 156.5 of the Sterling Hwy were asked to shelter in place and stay out of the area where officials were responding. Officials had even asked drivers in the Anchor Point area to not pick up any hitchhikers.

Following Herrick’s arrest on Tuesday, troopers said law enforcement presence will remain in Anchor Point as the Alaska Bureau of Investigation completes its investigation.

The agency said it will release the name of the injured trooper who discharged his weapon after 72 hours of the incident.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Clarification: Herrick has not been officially accused of a crime since no charges have been filed yet.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with additional information.

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