New trooper kills self in weekend family dispute

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man in field training as an Alaska State Trooper died after shooting himself in the head as Anchorage police responded to a family argument over the weekend.

Toby Robbins, 29, killed himself late Saturday night. Police said they were responding to a 911 call that Robbins was threatening to commit suicide during a domestic dispute.

Robbins shot himself with his 40-caliber service pistol inside the front door of his Midtown home after seeing two Anchorage officers outside, troopers and police said.

Robbins had just started a career in law enforcement after serving in the U.S. Air Force. He was pronounced dead while being transferred to Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Robbins graduated from the trooper academy in Sitka in November, and had been undergoing 15 weeks of supervised training as a recruit based in Palmer. He worked his regular shift Saturday.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

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