APD names suspect killed in Airport Heights officer-involved shooting
Anchorage police have named the man killed early Thursday by officers he allegedly fired on in the Airport Heights neighborhood.
The suspect was identified by APD Friday afternoon as 23-year-old Dylan Aikey, after his next of kin were notified.
The incident happened a little after 2 a.m. Thursday, in the area of East 16th Avenue and Columbine Street.
At a news conference Thursday morning, APD Chief Justin Doll said the incident started when a resident called to say a man was trying to break into his vehicle.
Doll said police arrived within two minutes and located Aikey a short time later. In an updated release, police said he started to run and officers chased him on foot. According to the release, they ordered him to stop but instead he shot at them, and all four officers fired back.
"The suspect was hit multiple times," Doll said. "Officers began to immediately render aid and called for medics. The suspect was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced dead at the hospital."
A handgun with a partially ejected shell casing was found 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."
None of the four officers involved were injured in the exchange. All have been placed on mandatory administrative leave; their names will be released after 72 hours, per APD protocol.
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