Killer on loose in Anchorage after man gunned down while protecting woman

Jesse Lee Jones

A man who was trying to protect a woman from an armed assailant was killed on Monday by suspect Jesse Lee Jones, who is on the loose in Anchorage.

The shooting took place at a large apartment complex on Mockingbird Drive, in the Campbell Park neighborhood near the Dowling Road exit off of Seward Highway.

Jones, who is 27 years old, 6 feet tall, 175 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, is considered armed and dangerous and people are advised not to approach him. Detectives have obtained a warrant for Jones’ arrest for the charges of Murder I, two counts of Murder II, and Assault III

On Monday afternoon, Anchorage Police responded to the shooting, and dozens of police cars and SWAT vehicles were sent to the scene. Police found Josiah Goecker dead of a gunshot wound to his upper body.

Goecker worked for Weidner Apartment Homes and was attempting to protect a woman from the perpetrator when he took a bullet.

Jones’ current whereabouts is unknown. Anyone with information is asked to call Police Dispatch at 3-1-1 (option #1) or 907-786-8900 (option #0).  To remain anonymous, you may leave a tip online at

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Goecker’s widow and children, one of whom is an unborn child. Earlier this year, Goecker was recognized with an award by Weidner Homes for “Leading by Example,” for positively influencing his team and always working to “do things right.”


  1. Eternal rest grant unto Josiah Goecker, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. Holy Guardian Angel of Anchorage, pray for us!

    • “The man who prays is the one who thinks that god has arranged matters all wrong, but who also thinks that he can instruct god how to put them right.”

      ― Christopher Hitchens, Mortality

      • We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children are smart.

        HL Menken

        • Dear Jen, prayer is thought – no more, and no less. No one hears them except the supplicant. It’s wasted effort except to the extent that it’s a balm for the mind and crutch for the weak.

          • M/A’s typical post; denigrating and content free. Shutting your pie hole is an option.

            And yeah, Whidbey says some crazy stuff but in this he’s absolutely correct. Pray to Joe Pesci tonight and your prayers will be answered similarly.

          • Why do you have to crap all over Christians, Dog? Really I’m not angry just it’s sad you don’t know God. I wonder though if you’d be tough enough to run your mouth like that Palestine, Saudi, Afghanistan? But you abuse and bully Christians because you know we’re not going to throw you off a building. Chris Hitchens knew this too.

      • Dog, I will support your freedom to be a fool, think like a fool, and speak like a fool – even though your thoughts are not in the class of Hitchens the atheist who is also a fool. I have seen some rather remarkable “coincidental” answers to prayer. How many coincidences does it take for a blind man to understand God answers prayer and that miracles do happen? Hitchens philosophy is easily refuted – even if I were an atheist, I wouldn’t use him as an authority…
        Show some respect. I expect you to make a large donation to the widow’s go fund me account.

        • Well, coincidence does happen. You’re right about that. But what about the times when fervent prayer is unsuccessful in saving a child, spouse, or loved one? Or when you yourself are not healed from that fatal disease? Well, I’ll tell you. You then roll out that good-ol’ Swiss Army Knife excuse – that “God works in mysterious ways”. Such a handy, ready-made phrase that just rolls off the tongue. A satisfying bromide that soothes any hint of Doubt, permitting one to effortlessly float along in one’s sea of self-delusion. Consider reading something other than your Bible – perhaps anything by Hitchens, Dawkins, Murray, or Dennett – if you dare.

          • Hebrew 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”.

            Heretofore this appears to be factually happening does it not. It is at that time of judgment one keenly feels the benefits of salvation; or not and where one may merely in reality receive literal perfect justice and vengeance and homilies of mere mortals make not a whit of difference without a doubt.

          • Of everything that can be known how much do you think we puny humans actually know? If you say more than 10% i think you would be wrong. Yet you affirm you know there is no God that exists in that 90% you dont know. Quoting other so called intellectuals only further shows you know less. Those whose say God does exist in that 90% at least are admitting thier not smart enough to figure it all out. Prayer is not directing God, its petitioning God. He does what does. The pot does not tell the maker, form me how i want. You show your lack of understanding of religion and that you likely are not well read, certainly not comprehending what you may have read. Dawkins, Hitchens, Einstein, all super smart in certain ways but by no means authoritative on everything. Your foundation is sandy, you obviously have a need to argue and be right. So personally I challenge every Christian to petition the God we believe in to wake you up and let you see more than you do now. Does not matter to you as in your less than 10% world He does not exist. What matters to us is not being right but that you know Him who we believe does exist. We will agree to disagree with you and let Him decide. You do nothing, we will pray.

  2. As Anchorage descends further into anarchy.

    Gotta admire liberal run cities. They are amazingly efficient in installing dystopia.

    • Our mayor is a republican….. Or are you suggesting the assembly? Does that mean the USA is republican right now because the house is? Youre all over the place, shut up.

      • Tough guy. But if it makes you feel better about yourself, go for it.

        You really shouldn’t post while high. You make less sense than Frank.

        • I was thinking we should all get together to work out our interpersonal differences with a contest. Perhaps a Dance Off, Pants Off Grudge Match? For charity, of course.
          Or maybe even better, a winner takes all fat suit sumo wrestling contest. Forkner could come as himself.

  3. Until we find murders guilty and make them pay the ultimate price this crime will not get better. No years of delays and sentence changes they need to be held accountable in a short reasonable time. We have tried the lefts way and crime is out of control because the criminals know there is no bite from their actions. Death from a gun should be followed up with the end of the criminal. If people know their going to be executed promptly then they would be less inclined to murder someone.

    • Death sentences haven’t shown to be a deterrent.
      Death sentences cost tax payers more than life without parole.

      • Yours is an oft repeated comment made by those that pretend not to realize that if you remove (for example) all murderers from society what remains is a much smaller pool of people willing to murder. Death sentences work. The challenge is that there are fewer and fewer among us for whom no means no; you appear to be one.

        Your perspective assumes that Texas would be a better place had none of their capital offenses been acted upon. A thinking man would view your assertion as a lamp post might view a dog.

      • They could be cheep and we haves tried your way and look where we are at now. The numbers have gotten worse. We need to try the other way now.

  4. What a man Josiah was. May his good deed never be forgotten and his family and unborn child be cared for 🙏.

  5. Mat-Su Valley, early voting going on now and voting day is on November 7th. Get out and vote! Let’s keep Mat-Su Valley RED.

  6. I’d like to point out that the GoFundMe page linked to in this article raised more than 50k in less than 24 hours for Josiah’s family, which is wonderful.

    It strikes me that Anchorage already IS an incredibly welcoming city.

    Felix Rivera might take note.

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