APD identifies man fatally shot while holding BB gun in Midtown
Police have identified the man fatally shot by officers Monday evening, after officers say he pulled a BB gun on them.
The Anchorage Police Department identified as the man as 31-year-old Bishar Hassan in a news release sent Tuesday afternoon.
APD Chief Justin Doll said in a news conference Monday evening that Hassan was confronted by officers at 16th Avenue and A Street, after reports of a man with a gun in the area were received at about 5:45 p.m.
Doll said the man had been seen walking in Midtown and riding on a People Mover bus in the area before he was confronted by officers at 16th Avenue and A Street.
At that point, Doll said, he pulled a weapon from his waistband and pointed it at police. He was then shot by three APD officers; police immediately provided first aid and he was taken to a local hospital, where he subsequently died.
"We have been able to determine that the weapon the suspect was armed with was a replica-style BB gun," Doll said.
Police released a photo Monday night of the weapon model carried by the suspect, a Daisy Powerline 340 BB gun.
None of the officers involved in the incident were injured. The officers who fired on the man will be identified in 72 hours under standard APD policy, Doll said.
A KTVA producer in the area shortly after the shooting saw roughly a dozen APD vehicles in the area, as well as numerous evidence markers.
A Street remained closed northbound near 16th by 8:30 p.m. Monday, Doll said. People in the area were being urged to use alternate routes.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the BB gun was styled to resemble a specific model of pistol.
Angela Krenzien and Cassie Schirm contributed information to this story.
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