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Man shoots at his vehicle as it's being stolen from Anchorage gas station, police say

A man opened fire on his own vehicle Sunday as someone stole it from a South Anchorage gas station, police said.

It was shortly before midnight when officers responded to the Tesoro gas station at 6010 Old Seward Highway in regard to "a shot being fired," police spokeswoman Renee Oistad said in an email.

Police spoke with a man who told them his vehicle was stolen from the gas station's parking lot after it had been left running with the keys in the ignition.

"The complainant stated he fired a handgun one time at his vehicle as it was being driven away," Oistad wrote.

The suspect hit a parked car while fleeing the parking lot, police said.

No arrests had been made in the case as of Monday afternoon.

The stolen vehicle is a gold 2007 GMC Yukon, license plate GMX 346, police said.


It wasn't immediately clear from details provided by police Monday whether the shooting was justified under Alaska's self-defense laws. Oistad said police do not recommend firing at fleeing vehicles.

"You have no way of knowing where that bullet will travel," she said. "How tragic it would be if an innocent bystander was killed."

Jerzy Shedlock

Jerzy Shedlock is a former reporter for Alaska Dispatch News. He left the ADN in 2017.