Alaska State Troopers

An Alaska State Trooper was arrested Monday morning on several domestic violence charges. Garrett Willis, 40, of Wasilla allegedly assaulted three victims between 2018 and 2021. A trooper since 2003, Willis was most recently based in Anchorage.

Alaska State Trooper Col. Bryan Barlow said in a news conference Monday that the charges originated with a domestic violence complaint against Willis on Nov. 2 in Wasilla.

An investigation uncovered additional incidents from 2018, 2019 and 2020 involving Willis and two separate victims, one in Kenai and one in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. All victims are adults, but Barlow would not comment on the what their relationships were with Willis.

Willis was arrested in Palmer and is being charged with two counts of second-degree domestic violence assault, three counts of third-degree domestic violence assault and three counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault. Domestic violence, Barlow said, “is a plague in our state.”

Barlow could not comment on specific details in order to not interfere with the ongoing investigation. However, he did say that none of the offenses occurred while Willis was on duty. Additional charges are possible, according to Barlow.

Troopers “aggressively investigate any alleged criminal behavior,” Barlow said.

Willis, who has been on leave since Nov. 10, most recently worked on an Alaska-based federal task force in Anchorage. The Wasilla Police Department, the Kenai Police Department and the troopers collaborated on the investigation.

Anyone with additional information about the investigation or who believes that they or someone they know might have been a victim of Willis is encouraged to contact the Alaska State Troopers at (907) 352-5401.

Willis is the second Alaska State Trooper to be arrested recently. Soldotna-based trooper Benjamin Strachan was arrested on multiple child sexual abuse charges on Oct. 13.

Contact reporter Maisie Thomas at 907-459-7544 or mthomas@newsminer.com.

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