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North Pole man dead after being shot by Alaska State Troopers

  • Author: Annie Zak
  • Updated: July 2
  • Published June 30

Update, Monday, June 2:

Alaska State Troopers named the officer who fatally shot Garry Lawrence Jr. on Friday as Jeffrey "Scott" McAfee, who has been a trooper for three years.

Original story: 

A North Pole man is dead after Alaska State Troopers — who were pursuing the man for a warrant on Friday evening — shot him, according to troopers.

Troopers were looking for 36-year-old Garry Lawrence Jr. around 11 p.m. Friday evening at a home on Hartzog Loop in North Pole for a warrant, according to a dispatch posted on the troopers' website Saturday. Lawrence was wanted on charges of attempted murder and other felony offenses, troopers said.

Once troopers were in contact with Lawrence, "a fire started in the residence," according to the dispatch. Troopers didn't specify how the fire started.

"The fire quickly engulfed the structure," the dispatch said. "Lawrence exited the structure and threatened troopers with an axe. AST fired on Lawrence and he received life threatening injuries."

Lawrence died of those injuries after measures to save him failed, troopers said. No one else was injured. The trooper or troopers who fired weapons will be placed on 72-hour administrative leave, the dispatch said. When that leave is over, they will be identified.

It was not clear based on the dispatch how many troopers fired their weapons. The incident is under investigation.

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