by Jason Lamb, Rebecca Palsha
and Channel 2 News staff
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Neighbors in East Anchorage say they woke up Wednesday to gunshots and screams for help, as the Anchorage Police Department raced to help an officer they say was shot this morning.
Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Lt. Dave Parker said patrol officer Jean Mills made a traffic stop around 3:15 a.m. When she walked up to the car she pulled over, the occupant fired multiple shots and fled the scene.
Police have confirmed that Mills, a 12-year veteran of the force, was shot at least twice near the corner of Beaver Place and DeBarr Road, with possible wounds to her arm and abdomen. Mills called in the shooting and police swarmed the area, and say she was talking when medics arrived.
"This happened about 3:15 this morning. Officer Mill saw a car that was suspicious in her mind and committed a traffic infraction. She stopped that vehicle in the vicinity of DeBarr and Beaver… Sometime during that encounter the driver produced a gun and fired multiple shots," said APD Chief Mark Mew.