Officer in Fairview shooting identified as 10-year veteran

Kyle Hopkins

Anchorage police on Thursday identified the officer who shot and killed a blade-wielding man in Fairview as Senior Patrol Officer Christopher Simmons.

Simmons shot Kenneth John, 26, during a traffic stop 6:30 p.m. Monday near 12th Avenue and Hyder Street, according to police. Police say John approached Simmons while holding a "bladed weapon" in each hand.

Police have refused to offer a more detailed description of the weapons, citing the pending investigation. John was the third person killed by city police this year and the cousin of 27-year-old Detlef Wulf, who was shot and killed by officers April 5. The two shootings occurred just two blocks away.

Simmons, a 10-year veteran with the department, was placed on a 72-hour administrative leave following the shooting and was eligible to return to work at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, said police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro.

The shooting is under review by the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals. That office found the shooting of Detlef Wulf by officers Michael Farr and Christopher Alexander to be legally justified earlier this month.

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