Trooper Hans-Peter Roelle

Trooper Hans-Peter Roelle

Alaska State Troopers, Alaska

End of Watch Saturday, November 24, 2001

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Hans-Peter Roelle

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.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Thank you Hans for your service and even though it has been nineteen years, I will never forget your ultimate sacrifice. You are truly missed. To Ariel, Hans, Rachel, Andy and Jay, I am sorry for the loss of your mother Chris, but know she is is with Hans for eternity and at peace. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers and will not be forgotten.

Retired Trooper Cindy Pollitt
Alaska State Troopers

November 25, 2020

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