UPDATE: Officer identified in officer-Involved Shooting in Eagle River
Neighbors awoke to gunfire around 5:40 a.m. Thursday morning
Officer identified, Anchorage Police Department released the name of the officer who fired his weapon as Officer Kevin Michell. APD says he has been a member of the Anchorage Police Department since 1993.
No other information has been released.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Anchorage Police Department announced at 11 a.m. that officers had shot an armed suspect early Thursday morning.
APD Chief Justin Doll told reporters that around 6:20 a.m. a 911 call had come in from an Eagle River resident on Steeple Drive saying someone was shooting into their home. The 911 caller said they and another resident were hiding inside their home and that someone inside had been injured.
APD confirmed Thursday they believe the injured resident was struck by gunfire from the suspect.
As APD arrived on scene Doll said the adult male suspect “fired several shots into the area.”
“The officers believed that they were being shot at as they approached the residence,” Doll said.
One officer was involved in the shooting incident with the suspect, Doll said.
Chief Doll said the injured victim, an adult male, and the suspect were both taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
APD has identified the subject as 57-year-old Todd Driskill on Thursday night. Driskill has been released from the hospital and, after being questioned by detectives, was taken to jail.
Doll said Driskill is a resident of the neighborhood.
What prompted the Driskill’s gunfire, and whether there were intended targets, remain under investigation, Doll said.
APD says Driskill is being charged with assault and misconduct involving a weapon. Additional charges may be announced at a later time, APD said.
“We believe the suspect had moved around the neighborhood while he was shooting,” Doll said, who did not immediately know if additional residences were specific targets or had received damage.
The Anchorage Police Department, which said no officers were injured, sent out a Nixle alert around 7:19 a.m. Thursday morning informing the public of the investigation near the 11200 block of Steeple Drive in Eagle River.
The road rises with a series of switchbacks into a mountainous, residential hillside high above Eagle River. Neighbors described hearing shots fired beginning around 5:40 a.m., coming from an area above the road’s third switchback.
Minutes later, a caravan of more 16-18 marked and unmarked police cars could be seen heading to the location.
In an early more public announcement sent via Nixle, Police asked residents to “Please avoid the area. If you need to be in the area, please follow the officers’ instructions. There will be a large police presence in the area as the investigation continues.”
This is a developing story, check back for details.
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