Updated at 9:01 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12

A robbery suspect who was transported to a local hospital in critical condition Tuesday evening following an altercation with police behind the East Anchorage Home Depot store has died, according to Anchorage police chief Chris Tolley.

The Anchorage Police Department responded to a report of a robbery in progress at 6:27 p.m. at the Home Depot on Rodeo Place. The suspect reportedly stole multiple items then “assaulted an employee while armed with several hatchets and axes,” police wrote in an online release.

“Once again we almost lost officers today along with civilians,” Tolley said at a press conference Tuesday evening outside APD headquarters. “Ignoring commands, the suspect threw some of the weapons at officers and then advanced at the officers with at least one hatchet in his hand. In defense of their own lives, two officers fired.”

No police officers were injured in the incident, police confirmed. The suspect’s identity has not been released yet, but police describe him as a “young Caucasian male.”

APD’s mobile crime lab is on the scene as the incident is being investigated. Police told KTVA there is currently no threat to the public.

“As with all officer-involved shootings, this case will be reviewed by the State Office of Special Prosecutions. The Office of Special Prosecutions will determine if the use of force was justified,” police wrote in the release.

The names of the two officers involved in the shooting will be released following a mandatory 4-day-long administrative leave, per APD policy.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates. 

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