"The red of an old schoolhouse, the chapel sits just down the road from Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church and across Fish Creek from the Big Lake Motel. Patrons inside the motel's Hangar Lounge on Thursday evening said the two men got what they deserved, an opinion shared by several others who basically saw the shooting as God's wrath."
Translation: After a hard day of swilling down beers and other libations local alkies said "there but for the grace of God go us."
Big Lake pastor kills 2 men robbing chapel, troopers say
INVESTIGATION: Area has suffered winter's worth of break-ins.
By ZAZ HOLLANDER
Anchorage Daily News
(Published: April 25, 2003)
BIG LAKE -- A church pastor shot and killed two men he caught burglarizing his small chapel early Thursday morning, Alaska State Troopers said.
The pastor, whom troopers identified as Phillip Mielke, shot the men with a handgun, according to investigators still at the scene more than 12 hours later.
Troopers identified the two dead men as Christopher Lee Palmer, 31, of Big Lake and Francis Marion Jones IV, 23, of Wasilla.
Troopers declined to say whether the two dead men were armed or whether they were shot while inside or outside Big Lake Community Chapel.
A handful of locals interviewed Thursday cheered the shooting, saying it capped off a winter of unsolved break-ins and vandalism around this lakeside community of scattered residences. (more)