Officer Fires Shot While Arresting Shoplifting Suspect

An Anchorage police officer fired a shot as officers attempted to arrest a man suspected of flashing a gun while shoplifting, police said.

No one was injured and the suspect was taken into custody Wednesday night at the Northway Mall, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Police were summoned after a man threatened employees at the Carrs grocery store at the mall, said Teeh Lavatai, who works in the store’s loss prevention department. Employees spotted the man loading shampoo bottles into a backpack. When employees approached, the man displayed a handgun in his waistband and ran, Lavatai said.

At a press conference Wednesday night, Police Chief Justin Doll said arriving officers saw a man matching the description of the suspected shoplifter. The man was running east toward a trampoline park in the mall, Doll said.

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Officers confronted the suspect as he tried to enter the trampoline park and one officer fired a shot. It was not clear where the bullet went. Doll said. Police recovered a stolen weapon at the scene. The Office of Special Prosecution… US News

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