Predator control: Three days, two men dead after unwise gunplay with Alaska State Troopers


Two incidents this week left two Alaska men dead, after they tried to take on Alaska State Troopers with guns.

On Monday, a man trying to break into a room at the Three Bears Motel ended up dead after brandishing an AK47-style weapon outside the building. An Alaska State Trooper shot him.

Timothy Thomas, a 21-year-old of Northway, was trying to break into the motel room and occupants, who knew him and were fearing for their lives, called 9-11. Troopers got the call at 2:30 a.m. and the man was recklessly brandishing the weapon when they arrived on scene. No other persons were injured during the incident.

On Wednesday, a male driver being pursued north of Healy by Troopers fired “multiple times” at the Troopers and others. Troopers fired back, striking the driver. The officers had used spike strips and other tactics to try to stop the man, later identified as Michael Grimes, 45, of Fairbanks. A female in the truck with Grimes, identified as Melody Perry, 42, of North Pole, was arrested for Misconduct Involving a Weapon III and taken to the Fairbanks Correctional Center.

That incident took place on the Parks Highway at about 1 pm, and the highway was closed to drivers for several hours, as the northbound chase and eventual shootout and cleanup took place.

Both of the deceased men have long court records indicating a history of illegal activity.


    • There is no happy ending when men loose control of their mental and emotional stability to the point of endangering themselves and others. The only good thing is others were not harmed. I refer you to the wisdom of John Donne (1572-1631):

      “No man is an island, Entire of itself; Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were. Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.

      And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; IT TOLLS FOR THEE.

      • Wayne, thank you for the comment and timely quote above.

        Things like this are a tragedy for everyone involved, especially so for the Troopers who are charged with protecting and defending society and upholding the rule of law.

  1. Ms. Perry is damn lucky that the troopers are really good shots and took out the POS. Otherwise, she would have been collateral damage.

  2. “Both of the deceased men have long court records indicating a history of illegal activity.”

    This is the most shocking line in the story. Oh wait…..NO it is not.
    These two brain trusts learned the hard way what “FAFO” means.
    Too bad nobody taught it to them sooner, so they didn’t have to learn it by lethal means…..

  3. I bet they ALL were drinking and doing some sort of drug together. There is just simply not enough Recovery Alaska leaders in every town who will lead group meetings. Change is too late for the two but not too late for the motel room occupants, they still breathing.

    I wonder where the two are at now? Heaven or Hell? Alaskans don’t think and read enough about Heaven and Hell, the Bible talks plenty about the two.

  4. Headline made me all giddy for a second. Though AF&G we’re going to actually manage for a sustainable yield of that “ BIG WIlD LiFE”

  5. When does the right to contract cease? After settled corporate bankruptcy, during? If a grocery chain declared bankruptcy could the entity continue to contract infinitely? Or other corporations created pursuant to the bankrupt corporation would they have infinite “right” to contract with federal agencies for investigations forever vis-a-vis british common law application on American continental land? Based upon what authority, exactly? Well wishes. Sticky. How many years of American Common Law jurisprudence exists historically on American soil delimited public knowledge notwithstanding. Oh, two hundred years or so. Let’s get back to it, soon.

  6. “AK-47 style weapon” is a stupid way to say it. Either quote the weapon he had, or just say that it was a rifle.

  7. “fired “multiple times” at the Troopers and others”
    OTHERS……..That would be us.
    Good job Troopers

  8. I’ve had the misfortune to have had Micheal as a neighbor for over a decade when he alienated everyone within a five-property radius because of his criminal proclivities.

    While the biblical claim for the existence of an afterlife in hell is nothing but an unverifiable fantasy that smacks of pandering to lowly vengeance, Michael excelled in making life hell for everyone around him. At least two neighbors have moved away because of our local ne’er-do-well’s propensity for such stunningly irresponsible pastimes as shooting over their homes.

    Once, I called the Troopers to complain of frequent gunfire, noting that as an already-convicted felon, Micheal was not legally allowed to own a firearm – but they said they couldn’t do anything about that.

    Yet years later, when THEY are shot at, THEN they do something about it.

    Do I fault the AST for Michael’s untimely end? No. His probability of making it to a grand old age was always in doubt. At the same time, the general tone of people who never met him cheering his violent death resembles, to a disturbing degree, the anger, hate, and disregard for others that Michael allowed to control him.

    The irony? I bet almost every poster except me believes in a god, yet the consensus evinces an attitude of scathing judgment contrary to what Jesus taught. Doubtless, followed by some excuse of divine forgiveness for human imperfection, the ultimate in codependent enabling where the enabler is a self-conjured fictitious being less real than a childhood teddy bear.

    Micheal should not have had a gun, but he did, and his consequent death is the fault of everyone supporting the intellectually lazy propaganda of such fascist organizations as the NRA and evangelicals.

    Live by the gun, die by the gun.

    Other countries manage much better but for some reason, many in this supposed beacon of civilization tolerate-even celebrate-this sheer barbarism. I’ll wager my neighbors, and I have suffered a lot more from Micheal than most others in this community. So, it’s appalling to see the outpour of celebrating his demise based on a foundation of ignorance.

    • You claim you don’t believe in Yahweh then state what Yehoshua taught?

      The Bible doesn’t say you shouldn’t judge people. It says you can’t judge what’s in a person’s heart. If a person was not able to judge others, then they would not be able to judge what was right and wrong, who was a liar and sinner, etc.

    • Actually, and for very good reason, there is no Alaska statute prohibiting a felon from a non-concealable firearm.

      And no, don’t even start that it’s something we should do. There are plenty of people in Alaska that don’t live within thirty minutes of a Costco, people still need to eat, and the term “felon” is lifetime.

      Also, AST badges say ALASKA not United States of America. We are State, not Federal, thank goodness for that. Believe you me, you do Not want AST to become federalized.

    • Well, climb down from your high horse.

      First off, as much as I want to, I won’t get drawn into a religious discussion with you. I’ll simply state that the Bible is not a document that espouses pacifism.

      More importantly, as for glee.

      We all will take our turn someday. Guarantee it.

      If at some point you lead a self-centered life and you take active steps to put another man at risk of losing his life early, of a child losing a father young, or a wife sleeping alone thirty or forty years too soon…well, the community should be gleeful that you’re no longer a part of it. Michael made a poor choice and he’s had a good long life to correct himself. He was no 17yoa playing with a Ruger 10/22.

      Having been his neighbor, btw, you should look up his 1998 case in Courtview…hint hint…offenses prior to 1999 do not require lifelong registration.

  9. Thank You Troopers. Glad you could go home to your families after good / hard day’s work. Thank you Guardian Angels for protecting our Troopers.

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