Family of Man Shot by Police Say Killing Was Unnecessary
As in all officer-involved shootings, state investigation is underway
ANCHORAGE - The death of a 25-year-old man is at the center of a state investigation into whether Anchorage police were justified in their use of deadly force.
But to Trena Thompson, Carl Bowie III was her son. In an emailed statement, she said, "I know the world sees this 25-yr-old man with tattoos and a criminal record and conclude that he is a menace. I understand, but my son has never hurt anyone and was never violent."
Police say Bowie was violent.
He led them on a pursuit that ended at a near the intersection of 53rd Street and Windflower. Officers used their cars to pin his vehicle.
In an interview after the shooting on Tuesday, Police Chief Mark Mew said, "The implications suggest the officers were being rammed and were in danger of being killed or injured themselves."
Police fired seven rounds after they say Bowie hit two patrol cars. Three of those bullets struck him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
His family says the shooting was unjust.
His mother wrote, "Yes he was my son, it is hard to be objective. He stole a truck and made some bad choices but he was ready to give himself up and he did not deserve to be shot to death."
She apologized to the neighbors at the scene and the owner of the stolen truck.
Bowie leaves behind an 8-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son. Bowie's aunt wrote in an email that the girl heard about her father's death from a newscast.
In an interview on Thursday, Chief Mew said he didn't know about Bowie's kids. "Naturally, we don't like taking anybody's life. We regret the necessity to do so. I don't know that I can say more right now without explaining, I'd have to explain what happened and we're not quite at a place where we can explain what happened yet.”