An anchor officer shoots a colleague in the fight to stop a man | Alaska News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – An officer in Anchorage was shot dead by another officer whose gun went unloaded during a scuffle during an arrest Friday night, authorities said.
The officer was taken to hospital with serious injuries and required surgery, police said in a press release on Saturday.
“We are facing a very serious situation where one of our officers was shot dead. His prognosis is very good, ”said Anchorage Police Chief Kenneth McCoy. “I am incredibly grateful that we did not lose an officer tonight. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.
Several people had argued inside a house and witnesses reported that a drunk and armed man had left and fired shots, authorities said.
The suspect was found nearby and during the struggle to stop him, one officer’s gun fired, hitting the other officer in the lower body, authorities said.
The man was also taken to hospital, with non-life threatening injuries. He faces charges, including misconduct involving a weapon.
The shooting will be reviewed by the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions and Police Internal Affairs, authorities said. The officer whose weapon has been unloaded will be placed on four-day administrative leave in accordance with departmental practice.
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