Palmer 18-Year-Old Held on Attempted Murder Charges

attempted murderAn 18-year-old Palmer man was charged with Attempted Murder I, Assault I and III, and Tampering with Physical Evidence after the Palmer Alaska Bureau of Investigations took over shooting case that occurred in Palmer on Saturday afternoon.

Alaska State troopers responded to a residence on the Old Glenn Highway near Palmer at 1:40 PM on Saturday after receiving a report that a 35-year-old male had been shot in the head. The caller also reported that the shooter had fled in a vehicle.

The victim, in critical condition, was transported by EMS to the hospital.

As of the Palmer-based Alaska State troopers responded, they conducted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle. When they did so they identified the driver of the vehicle as 18-year-old Palmer resident, Michael Armstrong.

During the investigation, troopers located a rifle, that they believed was used in the shooting, hidden in the woods, where they believe Armstrong hit it after the shooting.

As the investigation continued, investigators found that Armstrong had “also threatened to shoot a woman at the residence,” the trooper dispatch revealed.

Armstrong was transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility, where he was remanded without bail. Armstrong was arraigned on Sunday morning, and remains in custody.