Leroy Dick Jr. Talks to KDLG About Killing VPSO Madole

Mar 20, 2013

KDLG's Dave Bendinger spoke with Leroy B. Dick Jr., who is in custody and has confessed to killing unarmed VPSO Thomas Madole.

On Tuesday, Village Public Safety Officer Thomas Madole, 54, was shot and killed in the line of duty in Manokotak. Madole, a former pastor, leaves behind a wife, a son, and a daughter. 

Village Public Safety Officer Thomas O. Madole, 54. Madole was killed in the line of duty Tuesday.
Credit Alaska State Troopers (courtesy Anchorage Daily News)

Leroy B. Dick Jr., 42, of Manokotak, was arrested near the scene of the crime and made his first appearance in court Wednesday. Dick faces one count of murder in the first degree. In court, Dick told the judge he was guilty of the crime, though it wasn't a proceeding to enter a plea. Dick is being held on $1,000,000 bail. KDLG's Dave Bendinger spoke with him Wednesday at the jail in Dillingham.

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell has ordered all state flags be lowered Thursday in honor and memory of VPSO Thomas Madole. In a statement, Gov. Parnell called the murder a "senseless and cruel" act. Listen below.