Trooper Troy Lynn Duncan

Trooper Troy Lynn Duncan

Alaska State Troopers, Alaska

End of Watch Saturday, May 19, 1984

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Troy Lynn Duncan

Trooper Troy Duncan was shot and killed as he and other members of his SERT team searched for a serial killer who had killed more than 12 people.

Spotters in a fixed-wing airplane had located the suspect in a wooded area and two helicopters carrying SERT members were dispatched to the scene. As the helicopter carrying Trooper Duncan hovered approximately 15 feet above the ground, the suspect moved to within 50 feet of the aircraft and opened fire, striking the trooper.

A fellow officer returned fire with an AR-15, fatally wounding the suspect.

Trooper Duncan was flown to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The suspect was a former marksman for the U.S. Army and had helicopter training.

Trooper Duncan was a US Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Alaska State Troopers for 3 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

aerial search

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We were Captains together at The Basic School at Quantico, Virginia. One evening at the O-Club I was lamenting being told by Headquarters in Washington that day that I was to receive orders to report as the Marine Corps Liaison Officer to the Army's Fort Greely Artic Test Center, Alaska. I was afraid to go home and report this bad news to my wife, and told as much to Troy. As we talked, he expressed his desire to rid himself of Quantico and his situation in Virginia, and got very excited when I agreed to call Headquarters the next day in an effort for Troy take those orders instead of me, as he was about due for a Change of Station Transfer Orders like I was at that time. Headquarters agreed and Troy was transferred to Alaska. I was told later that he eventually married in Alaska and became State Trooper. I am very proud to have known such a Marine.

Lt. Col. David A. Lutz USMC

January 23, 2024

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