Suspect shot by troopers is charged

Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2011

PALMER — A 53-year-old Palmer man who shot at Alaska State Troopers and was wounded by return fire has been charged.

Vance Hopkins Barrett Jr. is charged with two counts of attempted murder and three counts of assault.

He remains under guard at a hospital.

Palmer troopers responded Thursday to a report of an armed, suicidal man. Family members of the man said they feared for their safety.

Troopers say the man emerged from a home and fired at officers, who shot back.

The troopers involved in the shooting were Phillip “Nathan” Duce, David Eastwood-Koleszar and Joseph Hess.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is leading a probe into the shooting.

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