Officer Cleared in Deadly Force Investigation
ANCHORAGE - The family of Shane Tasi, the 26-year-old man killed by a police officer earlier this month, wore dark shirts reading "We want justice" at the Anchorage Police Department headquarters Wednesday afternoon.
A state investigation into the shooting revealed Officer Boaz Gionson, 26, was justified in his actions, and APD Chief Mark Mew revealed the details of the investigation in an press conference at the department's headquarters Wednesday.
According to APD, dispatch received a total of three phone calls the night of the shooting about a disturbance in the area, the first call came in at around 9:25 P.M.
Surveillance video taken by surrounding buildings show Tasi shirtless as he walked quickly out of his apartment building waving what police said was a broken, 36-inch, broomstick at Officer Gionson before he was shot and killed.
Before the shooting happened, APD Chief Mark Mew said Tasi was intoxicated in a vehicle with his wife, who kicked him out of the vehicle and made him walk home.
Mew said while he was walking home, he yelled at cars and attacked a dog.
After arriving at his home witnesses heard a disturbance inside his appartment and called 911 for help.
Police photos, released Wednesday, show a couch and a fridge knocked over.
Gionson had been placed on administrative leave after killing Tasi, the evening of June 9 in a walkway on the 700 block of North Bunn Street. He was the first officer to arrive on the scene of a domestic disturbance call, and Tasi had allegedly approached him aggresively, carrying what witnesses described as a large stick and refusing three direct commands to stop his advance. He was just seven feet away when Gionson fired.
His expecting wife was in the apartment, bathing her children, when the shooting took place.
A video of the incident played for reporters during the press conference showed a shirtless Tasi waving a stick at Gionson, and Mew said he believes Tasi had more than just alcohol in his system. The department is still waiting on full lab reports.
The shooting caused the community to question the use of deadly force by the department and was investigated by the State Office of Special Prosecutions. Read the full 911 call transcript here.
This is a developing story.