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‘Prowler’ who shot at officers fatally wounded by return fire, Anchorage police say

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: March 7
  • Published March 7

Anchorage police investigate a fatal officer-involved shooting near 16th Avenue and Columbine Street early Thursday morning, March 7, 2019. (Devin Kelly / ADN)

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A man who fired on police officers was shot and mortally wounded when the officers returned fire early Thursday, according to Anchorage police Chief Justin Doll.

Officers responded at about 2:15 a.m. to a report of a “vehicle prowler” near 16th Avenue and Columbine Street, in the Airport Heights neighborhood, and encountered the suspect.

After officers gave him verbal commands he did not comply with, the suspect fired on the officers with a handgun, Doll said at police headquarters Thursday morning.

Four officers fired back multiple times, he said.

Anchorage police investigate a fatal officer-involved shooting near 16th Avenue and Columbine Street early Thursday morning, March 7, 2019. (Anne Raup / ADN)

The man was declared dead at a hospital at about 2:45 a.m., police said in an early morning alert. He has not yet been identified, Doll said.

An investigation was continuing, police said.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

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