State Troopers shoot, kill man who weilded bat near Thunderbird Falls

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 22:36
Chase began in Wasilla, ended on Glenn Hwy.

Alaska State Troopers say a vehicle pursuit that began in Wasilla ended when troopers shot and killed a man who advanced on them with a bat near Thunderbird Falls.

According to Troopers, Justin Lloyd Abrahamson, 29, died in the incident.

According to a press release issued by AST, troopers attempted to stop a 1994 Saturn coupe at approximately 4:01 a.m. at the corner of Lucille Street and the Parks Highway in Wasilla. Law enforcement personnel were able to deploy a spike strip before the Trunk Road exit off the Parks, Abrahamson continued onto the southbound Glenn Highway and headed toward Anchorage.

Troopers said Abrahamson’s vehicle caught fire near Mile 25 at around 4:20 a.m., and he fled on foot. According to the report, attempts to subdue him (including the use of a Taser) were unsuccessful. Abrahamson allegedly advanced on three troopers with a raised bat, at which point one of the troopers — later identified as Sgt. Paul Anthony Wegrzyn — shot and killed Abrahamson, troopers said.

Both lanes of the Glenn were closed during the investigation, and the northbound lanes remained closed for several hours while law enforcement conducted their investigation.

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