WASILLA, Alaska—As the vehicle neared milepost 25, the vehicle caught on fire and stopped
in the southbound lane. The driver and sole occupant, Justin Lloyd Abrahamson,
lanes. Attempts to subdue the individual, including use of a Taser, were
unsuccessful. At approximately 0420 hours, Abrahamson stopped and advanced on
three troopers with a raised bat, a trooper fired his duty striking Abrahamson.
Abrahamson was declared deceased on scene an autopsy performed by the State
Medical Examiner's Office on Friday afternoon confirmed the cause of death
was gunshot wounds.
Alaska State Troopers were assisted by officers from the Anchorage and Wasilla
police departments to include a WPD canine. No officers or troopers were
injured in the incident. The southbound and northbound lanes of the Glenn
Highway were restricted to travel for several hours so that evidence at the
scene and measurements could be properly documented. APD took responsibility
for traffic control and began a pilot car system in order to escort motorists
through the area as soon as it was practical.
The Alaska Bureau of Investigation (ABI) responded and assumed case
responsibility. Anyone witnessing either the pursuit or incident that has not
been already contacted by law enforcement is asked to call ABI at (907)269-5450.
A thorough investigation by the Alaska Bureau of Investigation will be routed to
the Department of Law's Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals for
determination of the legal use of deadly force.
Received Monday, August 06, 2012 8:06 AM and posted Monday, August 06, 2012 8:20 AM