APD names man who pointed crossbow at police before officers fired weapons
The Anchorage Police Department has named the man they say pointed a crossbow at officers before he was shot Sunday.
Police say 35-year-old Dustin Folse faces multiple charges including two counts of third-degree assault and reckless endangerment.
On Wednesday, police named the two officers who fired on Folse as Theodore Freitag, who has been with APD since 2008, and Kylie Baker, who has been with the department since 2017.
According to an alert from APD, Folse was shot in the lower body and brought to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. On Monday, police confirmed Folse was remanded at the Anchorage Jail.
"The preliminary investigation found that around 9:30 a.m., dispatch received reports of a suspicious person pointing a weapon at people in the area of Spenard Road and 36th Avenue," APD said Sunday afternoon. "He was described as an adult male who was wearing all black clothing, a ski mask and carrying a crossbow."
At a press conference, APD chief Justin Doll said dispatch received another call just before 11:30 a.m. of a man with a similar description in the area of Huffman Road and Brandon Street. Doll said the man was reportedly pointing a crossbow at people in the area.
Police say when officers arrived at the scene, they immediately located Folse and he pointed the crossbow at two police officers. The officers then fired their weapons, hitting Folse in the leg.
Chief Doll said there was a brief foot chase before the suspect was taken into custody near apartments on Silver Fox Lane and transported to the hospital.
Freitag and Baker were placed on mandatory administrative leave. Doll says the department will conduct a criminal and internal investigation before turning it over to the Office of Special Prosecution for review.
APD says no officers or other people in the area were injured.
Roads were closed in the areas of Huffman Road, Old Seward Highway, Silver Fox Lane and Industry Way as officers investigated. APD says they cleared the area Sunday evening.
Doll says APD is asking witnesses with information or surveillance video of the incident to call 311.
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