Man shot by officer was attempting to drive off in patrol car, troopers say

Published: Oct. 1, 2017 at 3:09 PM AKDT
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Update - January 31, 2018:
Update - October 10, 2017:

Alaska State Troopers reveals that the fatal Seward traffic stop shooting occurred, after the suspect tried to drive away in a patrol vehicle.

According to Megan Peters, public information officer for AST, Seward Police Officer Matthew "Eddie" Armstrong conducted a traffic stop at 1:05 a.m., on Oct. 1, for a speeding violation. However, she says this traffic stop then turned into a drug investigation.

As a result, AST reports that 41-year-old Micah McComas was "handcuffed and placed in the back of Officer Armstrong's vehicle."

By 1:47 a.m., while Officer Armstrong was still continuing the drug investigation, McComas was able to get into the patrol vehicle's front seat, says Peters. She says he then tried to drive away in Officer Armstrong's vehicle.

In an attempt to stop McComas, AST reports that Officer Armstrong fired his weapon, which then resulted in the death of McComas.

The investigation into this fatal traffic stop shooting is still continuing. AST asks that anyone with information contact the General Investigation Unit at (907) 262-4453.

Update - October 4, 2017:

The Seward police officer who fatally shot a man during a traffic stop this week has been identified as Matthew “Eddie” Armstrong.

Alaska State Troopers say Armstrong is a 13-year veteran of the Seward Police Department.

Seward police chief Tom Clemens told Channel 2 that he didn't expect any more information to be released Wednesday.

Editor's Note: Alaska State Troopers initially said the officer's name was Matthew Eddy. The name has since been corrected to Matthew "Eddie" Armstrong.
Update - October 2, 2017:

Alaska State Troopers Monday disclosed that a man shot in an officer-involved-shooting in Seward over the weekend has died.

Troopers say a Seward Police officer pulled over a vehicle driven by 41-year-old Micah McComas, of Chugiak.

During the encounter, McComas was shot and died.

The officer was injured, but is expected to survive. The Troopers' release about the incident did not say how the officer was injured.

AST is investigating the shooting.

The officer's name will be released 72 hours after the shooting.

Original Story - Oct. 1, 2017:

Alaska State Troopers responded to an officer-involved shooting overnight in Seward.

AST reports Troopers were notified that Seward Police Department was involved in the shooting in the Safeway parking around 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

"As a result of the shooting, SPD requested AST assistance," said the Trooper Dispatch Report.

An investigator and Troopers from Soldotna and Seward have responded to assist with scene security and documentation.

The status of the person shot and what occurred in the parking lot are not known by KTUU at this time.

Megan Peters, a public information officer for AST, says "the only information troopers have to release is what is contained in the dispatch."