Alaska State Trooper arrested with multiple domestic violence assaults
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Alaska State Troopers Alaska Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Wasilla Police Department and Kenai Police Department, have arrested 40-year-old Wasilla resident Garrett Willis on multiple domestic violence assault charges.
Willis has been a trooper since 2003 and most recently worked as an investigator based in Anchorage. In an effort to be completely transparent with the people of Alaska, the Alaska State Troopers are publicly announcing this investigation and arrest today.
During the course of this investigation, troopers found additional instances of domestic violence that allegedly occurred from 2018 through 2020 in the Mat-Su valley and two additional instances in the Kenai area.
“We rightly hold our Troopers to extremely high standards and will aggressively investigate any alleged criminal behavior and hold that employee accountable for their actions. Today is an unfortunate day for the Alaska State Troopers. Still, I hope that Alaskans will continue to place their trust in the hundreds of exemplary Troopers that tirelessly work each day to ensure public safety,” said Colonel Bryan Barlow, Director of the Alaska State Troopers in a press conference held Monday. He went on to say, “Domestic violence plagues our state, and unfortunately, often goes unnoticed in the shadows of our communities. I would like to acknowledge these victims for coming forward and making these actions known to law enforcement so that we can hold the perpetrator accountable,” Barlow stated.
Barlow stated that the victims were all adults and there are three total victims in these investigations that were conducted by the Wasilla Police Department and the Kenai Police Department.
When it comes to what the Alaska State Troopers are doing to train troopers on domestic violence cases, Barlow noted in the conference, “Internally we train our troopers on the investigation of domestic violence so that we are competent and skilled in those investigations. We have our council on domestic violence within the Department of Public Safety that helps fund domestic violence programs that help with the victims of those crimes,” he said.
He also noted that when Troopers investigate other Troopers that have committed a crime, they are investigated like any other perpetrator or suspect of a crime. However, AST would typically assign those investigations to the Alaska Bureau of Investigations.
Anyone who believes they have additional information about this investigation or believes they or someone they know may have been a victim of Willis is encouraged to contact the Alaska State Troopers at (907) 352-5401.
The charges in this matter are only allegations and are not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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