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Police shoot, kill man who wouldn't drop shotgun

Rosemary Shinohara

Anchorage police shot and killed a man Monday morning after he approached officers with a shotgun and wouldn't put it down, a spokeswoman said.

The shooting happened outside an apartment building in the 2800 block of West 31st Avenue in Turnagain, said police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers.

Police were responding to a 911 call from a woman who said she had been assaulted by her husband and had fled to a neighbor's apartment. The call came just after 4:30 a.m.

When police arrived, they found that a man had barricaded himself inside the home. Officers tried to get in, and soon the man came out with a shotgun.

"The suspect refused to obey officers' repeated commands to drop his weapon. He approached officers with shotgun in hand and two APD officers fired, killing the suspect," police said in a written statement.

They have not released the name of the man or the woman. Lammers said she did not know if the woman was injured during the reported assault.

She said APD's Major Crime Scene Team was called out to investigate.

"As per APD policy, the officers involved will be placed on administrative leave. Their names will not be released for three days."

Lammers said no more details will be released at this time.

The incident happened off Turnagain Street in West Anchorage, south of Northern Lights Boulevard and east of Wisconsin Street.