ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage police shot and killed a man wielding a stick during a confrontation in Mountain View Saturday evening, after he approached officers and repeatedly failed to follow their commands.
APD spokesperson Lt. Dave Parker says officers responded shortly before 9:30 p.m. to reports of a disturbance on the 700 block of North Bunn Street, where callers said a man with a stick had yelled at passing cars and attacked a neighbor’s dog.
Officers encountered the man -- 26-year-old Shane Tasi -- in the yard of an apartment complex and ordered him to drop the stick, but he continued to aggressively approach them.
Parker said the confrontation between Tasi and the officers occurred at relatively short range.
“He was very close, and it was a very small yard,” Parker said.
One officer shot Tasi with his service pistol. Tasi was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead after efforts to save his life were unsuccessful.
The incident is under investigation by APD homicide detectives and crime-scene investigators. In accordance with APD policy, the name of the officer who fired on Tasi will not be released for three days.