Suspected 'vehicle prowler' killed by Anchorage police
Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll said at a press conference Thursday morning that the initial call in this case came from a person reporting someone trying to break into their car.
Doll says police arrived within two minutes and located the person believed to be the suspect within three to five minutes.
"During that contact, we believe, at this point, that that suspect fired at our officers and our officers returned fire," Doll said.
There were four officers involved, all of whom fired their weapons. The suspect was hit multiple times.
A handgun with a partially ejected shell casing was recovered at the scene.
"It was stopped in the cycle of operation," Doll said of the firearm. "That's pretty clear evidence to us that the gun had been fired."
The four officers involved are on mandatory administrative leave; their names will be released after 72 hours, per APD protocol.
Police are still trying to identify the suspect and contact next of kin.
A man described as a vehicle prowler was shot and killed by Anchorage police officers early Thursday morning in Airport Heights, according to an Anchorage Police Department Nixle alert.
APD says officers responded to East 16th Avenue and Columbine Street just after 2 a.m. after receiving a call concerning a "vehicle prowler."
According to reports, officers located an adult male suspect and shots were fired. The suspect was struck and transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he was pronounced dead at 2:45 a.m.
APD says no officers were injured during the encounter.
This story is developing.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct multiple typos.
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