APD names officer who shot man police say stabbed K-9 with sword
Anchorage police shot and killed a man who they say fired at least one shot at officers, barricaded himself inside his home and stabbed a K-9 with a sword Monday.
A community alert from the Anchorage Police Department says police responded to the area of Strawberry Road and Wildberry Loop around 2:30 p.m. after receiving a report of a suspicious person with a gun.
The suspect has been identified as 38-year-old Kevin Phoummany. His family has been notified of his death.
While officers were on their way to the scene, they were told Phoummany was under the influence of drugs, threatening suicide and pointing his gun at people.
Police say officers arrived and saw Phoummany standing outside of a vehicle holding a handgun. He ignored commands from officers and walked toward the home attempting to get in through the front door.
Phoummany then fired his gun, breaking a window next to the door. Police say he went into the home through the broken window.
Three people were inside the home, but were able to get out without being injured.
Multiple officers, SWAT and crisis negotiators responded to the scene. Phoummany didn’t respond to officers' attempts to negotiate.
At 6:35 p.m., police say chemical agents were deployed to draw the man outside of the home. When Phoummany exited through a rear window, officers saw he was holding a large sword.
According to police, Phoummany approached a perimeter team, which included a police K-9. Police say he stabbed the K-9 and one SWAT officer shot him.
The officer has been identified as Joshua Hooyer, who has been a member of APD since October 2014. The K-9 officer has been identified as Midas, who has been a member of APD since May 2015.
The man was taken to the hospital, where he died shortly after 7 p.m. Police say K-9 Midas was taken to a pet hospital for treatment and is expected to survive. No other officers were injured.
Traffic was shut down at the Strawberry Road exit from Minnesota Drive during the incident. Due to the strong police presence, the Anchorage School District sent out an alert saying there will be school bus delays. Officers also evacuated those living close by while police were in the area.
The Office of Special Prosecutions will be reviewing the SWAT officer’s use of force and determine whether the shooting was justified. APD Internal Affairs will also review the officer’s actions for any policy violations.
Per policy, Officer Hooyer was put on four days of administrative leave. Police said in a release Thursday K-9 Midas continues to recover and is doing well.
Editor's note: This story was updated to include the suspect's name, the officer's name and the K-9's name.
Kayla Heffner contributed to this report.
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