Suspected Serial Killer Unmasked After Chance Police Encounter


A gunfight in between an Alaska policeman and a pedestrian who all of a sudden opened fire might have stopped a serial killer dead in his tracks.

According to Anchorage authorities, Officer Arn Salao was reacting to a theft problem early Saturday when he identified 40-year-old James Dale Ritchie strolling down a city street. When Salao brought up beside Ritchie to ask if he had actually seen the criminal offense, Ritchie continued and neglected the concern walking, triggering the officer to ask once again over the public-address speaker in his police car. It was at that minute, cops stated , that Ritchie opened and turned fire on the officer, striking him a minimum of 4 times.

Salao “ right away returned shooting and physically combated his aggressor, ” Anchorage Chief Chris Tolley stated at a Tuesday interview . “ At the very same time, as this is taking place, a 2nd officer who’ s in the location rolled up on the event and Sgt. Marc Patzke of our K9 Unit returned and charged fire. … Together they had the ability to stop this person.”

Anchorage Police Department
Anchorage Police
Officer Arn Salao.

Ritchie was eliminated in the hail of authorities bullets and was noticable dead at the scene. Authorities have actually not exposed the number of times he was shot. Salao is recuperating at a location medical facility from his injuries, cops stated.

Police stated they understood no reason that Ritchie opened fire.

“ Mr. Ritchie, we simply encountered by happenstance, ” Anchorage Police Lt. John McKinnon informed Alaska Dispatch News .

The burst of violence ended up being simply the start. Ballistics tests on the Colt Python.357 Magnum revolver cops stated Ritchie displayed unwinded a path of death that has actually intimidated Alaska ’ s biggest city.

The revolver, Tolley stated, “ was the exact same weapon utilized in 5 other murders here in Anchorage in 2016. ”

The discovery followed a current authorities statement cautioning locals to be careful and “ travel with numerous buddies. ” That admonition, which increased worries of Anchorage ’ s record rate of murders, had the city on edge .

“ You put all those things together, and it ends up being stunning and quite disconcerting, ” Teresa Arnold informed Anchorage ’ s KTVA 11 News prior to Saturday ’ s shooting.

According to Alaska Dispatch News , Ritchie had 2 brother or sisters and was a 1994 graduate of East Anchorage High School, where he was a standout professional athlete.

“ He was a pleased, favorable individual in high school. It ’ s stunning to me, ” previous schoolmate Mao Tosi informed the paper.

Ritchie apparently had previous arrests for drugs and robbery. Online records suggest he resided in West Virginia for an unidentified duration prior to going back to Alaska previously this year.

Authorities sanctuary ’ t stated whether Ritchie understood any of individuals eliminated with the weapon he wielded. While an intention might have passed away with the suspect, authorities stated the possibility encounter on Saturday might have conserved numerous lives.

“ This killer, it ’ s the worst possible thing, ” Tolley stated. “ Because of the brave actions of these Anchorage policeman, they have actually made certain that this person will not harm any among you or any among the residents in Anchorage. ”

Police stated they connected 2 of 3 current double murders to Ritchie ’ s pistol. Those victims have actually been recognized as Jason Netter Sr., Brianna Foisy, Bryant De Husson and Kevin Schuyler Turner.

The bodies of Netter, 41 and Foisy , 20, were discovered along Ship Creek Trail on July 3. Netter, a dad of 2, had a substantial criminal history that consisted of a felony conviction for drugs, inning accordance with Alaska Dispatch News. Foisy was apparently homeless . Pals informed Anchorage ’ s KTUUTV that she fought drug dependency.

“ She simply wasn ’ t on the best course, ” Dani Elle-Ponte informed the news station. “ Kids nowadaysare doing things they shouldn ’ t be doing, and there ’ s a great deal of issues with that out here. For a while there, I believe shesimply felt a little helpless however I understand she was attempting. ”


Turner, 34 and Dehusson, 25, were discovered dead on Aug. 28, near a bike course in the Valley of the Moon Park. DeHusson, a widely known figure in regional ecological and social advocacy circles, supposedly recognized as non-binary or “ two-spirit ” gender.

Turner ’ s bro, Billy Turner, composed online that his bro “ had a mental disorder that did not hold him back from having an enjoyable and a caring life loaded with family and friends. ”

> The July 29 slaying of Treyveonkindell Thompson , which cops stated likewise was connected to Ritchie ’ s weapon, did not share the exact same attributes as the others. Thompson, 21, was shot numerous times and his body was discovered alone on the side of a domestic street.

A long-lasting homeowner of Anchorage, Thompson was apparently in the procedure of signing up with the United States Army.

“ At this point, we have an individual of interest … that was seen in the location, ” Sgt. Slawomir Markiewicz informed press reporters at a Sept. 11 interview .