ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Update: Wednesday, 1:02 p.m.:
Anchorage Police have identified the officer who fired his service weapon as Officer Jason Cusack in a message from Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll.
APD says Cusack has been a member of APD since 2015.
According to a Wednesday release, an APD officer was shot in the upper body, striking the officer's badge before deflecting into his ballistic vest.
"While each investigation is different, in this case we felt it was important to share with everyone how close we came to having an officer seriously injured or killed in the line of duty," the release said in part. "These photos are a stark reminder of the dangers our officers sometimes face while protecting our city. All of us at APD are thankful that he suffered only minor injuries."
The officer who was struck was "not involved in the shooting," and is recovering quickly according to APD, which is declining to release that officer's name.
APD is also declining to release the identity of the shooting suspect, saying only that he is a 16-year-old male, and that his family has been notified.
An Anchorage Police officer was injured and a suspect was killed after a shooting occurred near 5th Avenue and Reeve Boulevard early Sunday morning, officials said.
A male passenger in the back seat fired multiple shots at officers after the car was pulled over for a traffic stop by the Impaired Driving Enforcement Unit, according to the Anchorage Police Department.
The two officers involved were both shot at by the suspect. One was hit in the upper body and sustained minor injuries, according to officials.
At a press briefing Sunday morning Police Chief Justin Doll confirmed both officers returned fire with multiple rounds. Only the suspect was hit in the exchange; police say he was shot in the upper body and died as a result of the injuries.
This is the third officer-involved shooting Channel 2 has reported in 2020, including one in January involving a man wielding a crossbow in South Anchorage, and one in early February involving a shoplifting suspect believed to be armed with a handgun at the Northway Mall.
Reporters asked Chief Doll if this trend has APD taking a closer look at officer conduct.
"You know, that's an interesting question," Doll said. "We have had a couple of officer-involved shootings here recently. All of those get reviewed internally, just to see if there are things that we can learn from those: Were the officers' actions consistent with policy and training? Is there anything that we can modify as a result to make us safer?"
"I will say that today we are just extremely relieved that our officers' training and equipment allowed them to go home," Doll finished.
There were four other men in the vehicle who were uninjured. They are being interviewed by detectives, APD said.
APD credits the officer's protective body armor for protection against the gunfire. The investigation is still preliminary. The names of the officers involved in the shooting will be released within 72 hours.
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