Someone fired shots during a stolen vehicle arrest, police say

Published: Mar. 7, 2018 at 12:49 PM AKST
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A night time arrest in Anchorage narrowly avoided bloodshed when several shots were fired feet away from police officers making an arrest. According to authorities, whoever fired the shots got away.

Police say the incident began when a car was spotted in Fairview which resembled a GMC Yukon which was reportedly stolen in February. Police pursued the tip, finding the Yukon parked in a church parking lot around 8 p.m. with two other vehicles.

A chase ensued and the other two vehicles split off, however APD officers were able to box in the fleeing Yukon, and arrest its two occupants, Chrystal Tui, 25, and Shane Muse, 28, for a variety of charges including vehicle theft and eluding police.

It was when police were arresting Muse, APD said in a statement, that an unknown person or people opened fire. APD said multiple shots were fired, but would not say specifically how many.

No one was hit, but upon investigation, police found shell casings 150-200 feet away from the traffic stop location. The shell casings were found in the street, but police do not have any idea if the shooters were on foot or in a vehicle.

Similarly, Renee Oistad, an APD spokesperson, said APD doesn't know if the shooters were trying to hit the arresting officers.