Person brandishing a knife injured after officer-involved shooting in Kotzebue, police say

A Kotzebue police officer shot a person brandishing a knife on Sept. 8 at the entrance to South...
A Kotzebue police officer shot a person brandishing a knife on Sept. 8 at the entrance to South Tent City, according to police.(NBC12)
Published: Sep. 10, 2022 at 9:11 AM AKDT
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KOTZEBUE, Alaska (KTUU) - A Kotzebue police officer shot a person brandishing a knife Thursday night at the entrance to South Tent City, according to a Kotzebue Police Department report.

Police said two officers arrived shortly before 8:30 p.m. and encountered a person “brandishing a knife.”

“The person immediately walked rapidly towards the officers and refused to drop the knife. The person moved to attack one of the officers, who was forced to discharge his service weapon, hitting the person twice,” police wrote.

An ambulance arrived minutes after the incident, after officers immediately performed first aid.

The person was taken to Maniilaq Health Center before being flown to Anchorage for surgery.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is investigating this case.