34-year-old dead, 4 APD officers on leave following early morning shooting in East Anchorage

Published: Dec. 20, 2020 at 9:22 AM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A man is dead and four Anchorage police officers are on four days of administrative leave following an early Sunday morning shooting in the area of Russian Jack Springs Park.

“The suspect ignored officers’ commands to surrender,” said Anchorage Police Department Chief Justin Doll, during a Sunday morning news conference at police headquarters. “Ultimately, four officers fired their weapons.”

On Tuesday, the person who died was identified as 34-year-old William Riley-Jennings. APD said the four officers who fired their weapons are Timothy Dorsey, who has been with the department for four years; Colin Neace, who has been with the department for three years; Jose Maldonado, who has been with the department for three years and Jacob Raygor, who has been with the department for two years.

Doll said it all started around midnight when dispatch received a report of a stolen car in the area of Bragaw Street and Debarr Road. The registered owner of a Chevrolet Tahoe followed it on Pine Street. Officers eventually found the SUV abandoned in the 4600 block of Reka Drive. Officers set up a perimeter and requested a K-9 Unit to assist with the search.

Officers located the suspect in a wooded area near Russian Jack Park. According to APD, the man ignored officers’ commands to surrender and the K-9 was deployed; the K-9 made contact with the suspect, and four officers fired their weapons. Initial reports indicate he was armed with a gun. As the officers went to render aid, they found him dead. No one else was injured during the incident.

“It’s really important to me that APD releases as much information as we have right away,” Doll said. “Because all of these questions are going to be out in the community, even though the information is not complete.”

Doll also said it’s not clear if the person knew the car owner or if he had prior arrests.

Per policy, the state’s Office of Special Prosecutions will review the officers’ use of force and determine whether officers should have fired. Once that has been completed, APD Internal Affairs will review the officers’ actions to confirm whether or not there was any violation of policy. Their names will be released publicly 72 hours after the incident.

Once OSP has completed their investigation, their findings will be available for the public to review.

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