Juneau police officers responding to domestic violence call involved in shooting
The Juneau Police Department says officers who responded to a domestic violence report were involved in a shooting Sunday morning which left one man injured.
According to JPD, police responded to a call around 9:10 a.m. about a physical dispute between a man and woman in the Safeway parking lot.
Dispatch received another call shortly after, which police later said was the woman saying the man had strangled her and was not letting her leave. Juneau police say an ambulance was called to the area.
JPD Chief Ed Mercer said when police arrived at Safeway the officers made contact with the woman and the 29-year-old man inside the car. Mercer said the officers attempted to get the man out of the vehicle but he resisted. They then tried to subdue him with a taser but failed.
"This was a close-quarter struggle to detain the male. The male armed himself with a knife and was shot two times by one of the officers," Mercer said.
The man was then removed from the vehicle, handcuffed and provided emergency treatment, according to Mercer.
JPD says the ambulance on the scene brought the man to Bartlett Regional Hospital. He was later flown to Seattle by medevac, police say.
"From our understanding, he was shot in the torso," Mercer said.
Mercer said the officers knew the man. His identity will not be released at this time because he has not been charged with a crime.
The police department says the officers who responded to the call have been placed on administrative leave per JPD policy. The department says their names will not be released for at least 24 hours. Mercer says the officers were not injured.
JPD says the investigation is ongoing. Chief Mercer said he has reached out to the Alaska State Troopers and the Alaska Bureau of Investigation are on their way to Juneau to conduct a joint investigation.
Juneau District Attorney Angie Kemp says the officer-involved shooting will be handled by the Office of Special Prosecutions in Anchorage. Kemp says the Juneau district will handle criminal charges if they are filed for the domestic violence report.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include information from a press conference with the Juneau Police Department and the Alaska Department of Law.
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