Police: Spenard business employee shot customer in dispute
The man wounded in a Wednesday shooting at a Spenard business was a customer who was shot by an employee, according to Anchorage police.
Officers had responded just after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to Determine Design, at 903 W. Northern Lights Blvd., after a caller reported shooting the man -- who was taken to a local hospital by medics. The suspect was found at the same location and initially held.
Police spokeswoman Renee Oistad provided more information on the encounter in a statement Thursday, saying the victim is expected to survive his injuries and there were no charges so far in the shooting.
“Initial indications are that the adult male victim went to Determine Design in regards to a project the company was working on for him,” Oistad wrote. “The victim met with an adult male employee inside the business. An argument ensued over payment; the employee produced a gun and shot the victim once in the torso.”
Nothing further was being released Thursday about the shooting, according to Oistad, including what force if any the victim used against the employee prior to being shot.
“That won’t come down unless charges are filed,” Oistad said.
State statute allows people to use deadly force to prevent death, serious injury or other violent crimes including kidnapping, sexual assault and robbery. The law generally requires people to instead retreat from “the area of the encounter” if they can safely do so, but makes exceptions for several groups of people including employees at their workplaces.
Determine Design owner Daniel Clift said no employees were harmed during Wednesday’s encounter, but deferred questions about the shooting to police.
The employee who shot the customer immediately called 911 to report the shooting and cooperated with officers, Oistad said. He was taken to APD headquarters and questioned.