An Alaska man was fatally shot by police after pointing a gun at them

Anchorage police officers responded to a disturbance call and shot a man early Monday after he pointed a gun at them, Police Chief Bianca Cross said.

“Four officers fired their weapons, striking the adult male once in the torso, at least once in the torso,” Cross said at a news conference.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, an apartment complex in west Anchorage. No officers were injured.

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Police responded to a call about a disturbance between a man and a woman at the complex, Cross said. Before officers arrived, they were informed that the man had left the apartment and was outside with a long gun.

An Anchorage, Alaska police vehicle is photographed. (Anchorage Police Department)

The officers approached the complex on foot and the officers fired after the man pointed the gun at them, Cross said.

The shooting was captured on officers' body cameras, which will be released after the investigation is complete, she said.

Cross did not provide any further information about the incident, citing the ongoing investigation.

The state special prosecutor's office will determine whether the officers' use of deadly force was justified. Following this investigation, the Police Department's Internal Affairs Division will investigate whether there were any policy violations in the shooting.

The four officers involved were given four days of paid administrative leave. Their names will be released three days after the shooting.


The name of the man killed will be released after next of kin are notified, Cross said.

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