By Chris Klint
Channel 2 News
6:38 PM AKST, February 20, 2013
Anchorage police released say two officers fired seven rounds at a man who rammed two of the department’s vehicles during a chase, killing him Tuesday morning near Dowling Road.
In an appearance on Channel 2’s 5:00 Report Wednesday, APD Chief Mew says police have discovered many details about the fatal shooting of Carl Bowie III, who was struck three times while driving a stolen pickup truck at the intersection of 53rd Avenue and Windflower Street.
“The investigation is ongoing, it’s progressing well -- we’ve learned a lot, particularly in the last day or so,” Mew said.
In addition to an APD investigation of how the incident occurred, a separate investigation into whether the officers’ shooting of Bowie complied with Alaska statutes is being conducted by the state Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals. Both investigations may be served by another piece of evidence that APD collected at the time.
“One of the...traffic-unit vehicles at the scene was parked such that its dash-mounted camera recorded the shooting itself, so we do have fairly good-quality video of that,” Mew said.
Anchorage police continue the investigation into the officer involved shooting that resulted in the death of Carl Richard Bowie, III on February 19, 2013.
In a statement released just before Mew appeared on camera, APD spokesperson Anita Shell says the video will be released to the public “at some point after legal issues surrounding the incident have been resolved.”
Police said earlier that they received a call at about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday about a suspicious vehicle prowling the Dimond Center’s parking lot. Responding officers soon located the pickup -- a green Ford F-150 truck, reportedly taken in southwest Anchorage at about 8:15 a.m. that morning -- near Lake Otis Parkway’s intersection with 88th Avenue, following it to Windflower Street.
When the vehicle tried to ram past police vehicles in an attempt to escape, officers fired on it and killed Bowie. A female passenger in the truck was injured and taken into custody, although APD didn’t provide any updates on her name or status Wednesday.
The names of the officers who fired in the shooting will be released Friday, three days after Bowie’s death, in accordance with APD policy.
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