Crime & Courts

Wasilla man shot and injured by trooper now facing assault charges

A Wasilla man was arrested Monday on a felony assault charge stemming from an incident last month during which troopers said he brandished a knife at an officer and was subsequently shot and injured.

Troopers were called to a Wasilla home early on Feb. 28 because 25-year-old Victor Jack and a relative had been fighting, troopers spokesman Austin McDaniel said. The two men lived in separate residences on the same street and the fight was sparked by prior issues between them, McDaniel said.

One of the men was outside the house when Trooper Toma Caldarea arrived, troopers said. The man was detained in a patrol vehicle, troopers said.

Jack emerged from the home brandishing a knife and continued to approach the trooper despite repeated commands to drop the weapon, troopers said. Caldarea shot Jack, they said. Multiple troopers arrived at the home just after the shooting and Jack was brought to a hospital with serious injuries, according to troopers.

Jack was arrested Monday on a charge of third-degree assault for the threat to the trooper, McDaniel said. He was in custody at Mat-Su Pretrial Facility Tuesday afternoon.