ANCHORAGE, Alaska (ADN)- An Anchorage police officer was shot multiple times downtown early Saturday and a suspect was shot and killed, ADN reports . Police are describing the shooting as an “ambush.”
The officer, who was not immediately identified, was in surgery Saturday morning and was expected to survive, police said.
“A preliminary investigation found that an officer was responding in their patrol car to a report of a theft suspect who was on foot in the area of 5th Avenue and Cordova,” police said in a written statement.
“As the officer was initiating a stop, a male brandishing a gun approached the patrol car and started firing at the officer. The officer was shot multiple times and also returned fire. Another APD officer arrived as shots were being fired and that officer also shot at the suspect. Additional officers responded and rendered aid to the injured officer and the suspect. The suspect was declared deceased at the scene,” police said.
The shootings were first reported at 4:36 a.m., police said.
“The officer was responding in that area and was pulling over his patrol car when this man brandished a gun and started firing at the officer,” police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said in an email. “The officer exited his vehicle as the suspect continued to fire at the officer.”
A news conference has been scheduled by the police department for 10 a.m.
Fifth Avenue was closed between Denali and Barrow streets as the investigation continues.