Officer hits shooting suspect with car

Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) An Anchorage police officer fired at a man who pointed a handgun at him in Spenard early Friday morning, but no one was injured, police said.

The bullet missed the 21-year-old suspect, police spokesman Ron McGee said. Moments after the shooting, an assisting police officer hit the suspect with his car and the two officers wrestled the man into custody, McGee said.

He said the man was evaluated by medical personnel at Alaska Regional Hospital and released back into police custody.

''I've seen this kid all day,'' McGee said. ''He's up walking around. He's fine. He's not hurt at all.''

The shooting occurred shortly after 5 a.m., McGee said. The patrol officer involved tried to stop a sedan that he suspected was driven by a drunken driver, but the car ignored him and sped away, McGee said.

When the eluding sedan hit a dead end, the driver, the only occupant of the car, got out and ran away, McGee said. The officer pursued him on foot.

Police say the suspect pointed a gun at the pursuing officer. The patrol officer pulled his handgun and fired one shot at the man.

About that time, Sgt. Kenneth Spadafora hit the man with his cruiser, McGee said. The two officers took the suspect into custody.

The man's name was not been released because he had not been charged, McGee said.

Neither officer was injured, McGee said, and the patrol car was not damaged.

The officer who fired his weapon has been put on three days' paid administrative leave, which is routine, McGee said. His name will not be released until those three days are up.

The suspect's loaded gun was recovered, McGee said. Police discovered a second gun in the car the man had abandoned, McGee said.

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