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Officer Shot Multiple Times in Drive-By Attack

Officer Shot Multiple Times in Drive-By Attack

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Associated Press

January 10, 2010

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage police officer was ambushed without provocation by unknown gunmen early Saturday as he sat in his patrol car working on an apparently unrelated assault case, police said, and city officials vowed to catch those responsible.

“We are shocked, we are outraged, we are angered,” Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan said at an afternoon press briefing. “This officer was doing what he does every day and that is keeping the community safe. When somebody attacks a police officer, they’re attacking our entire community.”

The officer, who is expected to recover, was parked in his marked cruiser in a residential neighborhood near downtown after taking a domestic violence report on an incident that had occurred in the past. Anchorage patrol officers generally work alone.

Several men pulled up next to the driver’s side in a dark-colored sedan shortly before 2 a.m. and the front passenger fired some rounds. The officer was struck possibly five times in both arms and his torso, said Lt. Dave Koch.

Police said none of the men in the car said anything and their motive is unknown. But police do not believe the officer was a target chosen at random.

“He was sitting in a police car, he was in a police uniform. He was shot because he was a police officer,” Koch said. “There’s nothing random about it.”

Despite his wounds, the officer was able to radio in a description of the fleeing vehicle, which is believed to be a late 1980s to mid 1990s model, probably a Chevrolet. A neighbor called 911 as well. Koch said police also are examining video, but would not elaborate.

The officer underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition, Koch said. The officer’s name is not being immediately released because his wife has been in the hospital with him and has not yet had time discuss the shooting with their children, Koch said.

Police say the officer has been with the department for more than 8 years.

Lt. Dave Parker said the incident was very similar to an Oct. 31 ambush on a parked patrol car in Seattle in which Officer Timothy Brenton was killed and another officer wounded. Christopher Monfort has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and attempted murder in that case.

  • Img_0338_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Sounds like the 70's with all of these random cop shootings. Arm up, wear your vest & be vigilant...

  • Btjustice_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Wish you a healthy recovery Officer. Find these assholes and bring them to Justice !

  • L_6aed1913cdc84f56b8a1de7b6fe9c455_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Hope you make a fast recovery, sending well wishes and prayers your way.

  • Paintball_005_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Get well brother...

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 4 years ago


    it's getting bad out there....hell it's been bad out there

  • Quickley-b240_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This wanton shooting and killing of LEOs has got to stop, these cowards come out and attack without provocation. They need to be caught and put to death

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I hope the POS's are identified and prosecuted!

  • Tac-me_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Get well!

  • Cars---mater-02_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Hope the officer makes a full and speedy recovery. Hope think catch the perp and gas him.

  • Radio2_max50


    over 4 years ago


    My prayers go out to this Officer. I hope he recovers soon

  • Carbon_1_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Just a REMINDER of how DANGEROUS Police work is.. Get well soon Officer.

  • 4276294557_max50


    over 4 years ago


    re-emergence of the 1970's all over again, open season on LEO's. Stay safe and watch your six everyone.

  • 4076_1_sbl_max600_max50


    over 4 years ago


    My thoughts are with this officer and his family. I am glad he survived and I hope they put the scum responsible behind bars. REMINDER: NEVER let your guard down. If you are going to do reports in your car, do it somewhere that no one can sneak up or drive up on you without being prepared or aware. Also, never stay on the scene of a traffic stop or call to do paperwork or follow up. Move to a different location first. Stay safe everyone. If you drive a marked squad car or even an are a target to POS's like this.

  • Picture_006_max50


    over 4 years ago


    it seems like he's gonna be ok. Thank God. Now hopefully these cowards will be brough to swift justice.

  • Wtc-eagle3-b_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Prayers for a speedy and full recovery

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