Anchorage officer fires at driver who rammed police car

Daily News staff and wire reportsFebruary 24, 2013 

An Anchorage Police Department officer fired a weapon at a man whom officers say rammed a patrol car attempting to flee.

Police said 34-year-old Lusia Pedro was arrested later Sunday on an outstanding federal felony warrant connected to a drug charge. He was charged Sunday afternoon with a federal probation violation, felony assault and eluding, according to police. He was being held without bail on Sunday.

Officers took a call at 3:17 a.m. that a man driving a car had brandished a gun.

Officers spotted the car on Fifth Avenue and blocked the roadway at Karluk Street.

Police say the suspect rammed a patrol car, moving it several feet, and drove away.

An officer fired his weapon at the car, police said.

Spike strips later punctured the car's tires and it stopped at International Airport Road and Minnesota Drive. An officer with a police dog arrested Pedro as he fled on foot.

The driver and two passengers in the vehicle received medical attention for minor injuries related to the shooting, police said. No bullets directly struck anyone in the vehicle but the injuries "were the result of the officer firing into the vehicle," said department spokeswoman Anita Shell. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the injuries, and whether they involved broken glass or other material, she said.

Shell said suspects continue ramming police cars.

"This has happened three times in the last week," she said. "We're losing cars left and right."

In an incident Tuesday, 25-year-old Carl Bowie III rammed a patrol car with a stolen pickup truck in the Lake Otis neighborhood. Two officers fired their weapons at Bowie and killed him. A female passenger was not injured.

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