Crime & Courts

Troopers shoot and kill Anchor Point woman who ‘brandished’ firearm at them

An Anchor Point woman was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon by Alaska state troopers investigating a disconnected 911 phone call, the agency said.

Mary Kate Field, 32, died after the shooting outside a residence off Northfork Road in the Anchor Point area on the Kenai Peninsula, troopers said in an online notice.

Troopers responded around 2 p.m. to a report of the disconnected call to the Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center that was traced to the Anchor Point area. Troopers did not describe the nature of the call.

The arriving troopers saw Field outside the home, “announced their presence while approaching and gave commands for Field to show her hands,” according to the troopers report.

Field did not comply, then pulled out a gun and “brandished it toward AST.” One or more troopers opened fire, wounding Field. Troopers requested medics and attempted lifesaving measures but Field soon died, according to the report.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation will investigate the shooting. The names of the troopers involved will be released after the standard 72-hour administrative leave, the agency said.

In 2017, Field had another violent encounter with troopers investigating a disturbance near Anchor Point. She stripped naked, fought a trooper and commanded her dogs to attack the officer and another person, according to a troopers report at the time.


It was the second fatal shooting by Alaska State Troopers this week.

On Sunday, a trooper shot and killed Aaron Tolen, 37, while responding to disturbance at a residence west of Wasilla.

On Jan. 29, a Kasilof man was fatally shot by one or more troopers after he pointed a weapon at one during a pursuit, the agency said.