UPDATE: Man killed in Juneau officer-involved shooting identified

Published: Dec. 29, 2019 at 9:22 AM AKST
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Update: 4:30 p.m.

The male subject who was fatally shot by a Juneau Police officer early Sunday morning allegedly approached a man, swung a chain with a grappling hook attached at him, and threatened to kill him hours before the shooting took place.

According to an update from JPD, a 54-year-old male reported an assault in the area of Mall Road at 10:18 p.m. Saturday. The caller reported that he was walking into the Super Bear IGA grocery store when an unknown man approached him and threatened to kill him.

The victim reported that the man swung a chain at him with a grappling hook attached to the end and repeatedly told the victim that he was going to kill him.

A JPD officer responded to investigate the assault, but the male suspect wasn't located at that time.

Just before 12:30 a.m. Sunday, JPD received a report of a shot fired at the Chinook Apartments.

Minutes later, the same JPD officer who investigated the earlier assault arrived at the Chinook apartments, where he heard yelling and found a person screaming and swinging a chain.

"The male suspect swinging the chain approached the officer on foot and repeatedly screamed that he was going to kill the officer," the JPD release reads.

The officer repeatedly issued verbal commands for the suspect to stop, which JPD says the suspect ignored.

JPD says the officer shot the suspect one time in the torso.

Other officers arriving on the scene secured the suspect's weapon and placed him in handcuffs while awaiting an ambulance. He was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

JPD has identified the male suspect as 34-year-old Kelly Michael Stephens of Juneau.

Stephens' next of kin has been notified.

JPD detectives and Alaska State Troopers Bureau of Investigation are investigating the shooting.

Original story:

A man was fatally shot by a Juneau Police officer on Cinema Drive shortly before 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning according to a release from the Juneau Police Department.

JPD says a call was received reporting the sound of a gun firing near a residence on Cinema Drive.

The caller reported to dispatch that they could hear someone screaming outside.

According to the release, a JPD officer arrived and made contact with a male subject who was shot by the officer.

The circumstances of the interaction between the officer and male subject leading to the shooting were not disclosed.

The male subject was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital by ambulance where he was later pronounced deceased.

The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave per JPD policy. His name will not be released for a minimum of 24 hours, according to JPD.

The identity of the deceased male subject has not yet been released.

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