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Trooper Hans-Peter Roelle | Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Alaska State Troopers, Alaska

Trooper

Hans-Peter Roelle

Alaska State Troopers, Alaska

End of Watch: Saturday, November 24, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Trooper Hans-Peter Roelle was shot and killed following a pursuit of a suspect in Wasilla, Alaska.

The suspect had pushed his girlfriend out of a moving vehicle and then fled the scene, when medical personnel and troopers arrived. A pursuit ensued and was called off as speeds exceeded 100 mph. Trooper Roelle and another trooper then proceeded to the suspect's home. As Trooper Roelle took cover behind a fence in the front yard, the suspect fired three shots, striking Trooper Roelle once in the head, killing him instantly. The shooter then murdered his two children before committing suicide.

Trooper Roelle had been employed with the Alaska State Troopers for 18 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

The State of Alaska dedicated the weigh station on Glenn Highway in memory of Trooper Roelle, as the Trooper Hans-Peter Roelle Memorial Scales Station. In 2008 the Alaska State Troopers named a new K9 Roelle in Trooper Roelle's honor.

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Well fifteen years have gone by since you paid the ultimate price for serving your community. I know you are truly missed by your family and friends. Chris, Ariel, Hans, Rachel and Andy, you are always in my thoughts and prayers and I know your dad would be so proud of you kids and knowing that you have always supported your mom Chris, through this difficult time. Rest in peace my friend.

Trooper Cindy Pollitt
Retired, Alaska State Troopers
November 24, 2016

 

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