Anchorage police release identity of officer who shot fugitive

Posted: Friday, July 06, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage police Thursday identified the officer who shot a man in the woods near Eklutna last week.

Officer Clinton Peck, 28, shot 36-year-old Brent Maness in the shoulder after a four-hour search for Maness off the Glenn Highway. Maness was armed with an assault rifle and a semiautomatic handgun when captured.

The incident began when state troopers attempted to serve an involuntary psychiatric commitment order on Maness about 1 a.m. June 28 at his Wasilla home. Troopers said Maness verbally threatened them, took off in his Winnebago motor home toward Anchorage, and fired three shots at them.

Peck has been an Anchorage officer since October 1995. He was involved in one prior shooting. In March 2000, Peck and another officer each fired one shot at 16-year-old Lamar Facine, who police said fired at the officers with a rifle. After officers returned his fire, Facine shot himself.

In accordance with department procedure, Peck was placed on three days paid leave after the shooting last week. An internal investigation will determine whether the shooting was justified.

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