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Officer Who Shot Kenneth John is a 10-Year Veteran

June 27, 2013|By Joshua Staab | Channel 2 News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska-- — In accordance with protocol, Anchorage Police Department officials have released the identity of the officer who fatally shot 26-year-old Kenneth John during a traffic stop Monday.

APD officials say it was 10-year veteran senior patrol officer Christopher Simmons who "discharged his weapon after John confronted the officer with two bladed weapons."

Officials have noted Simmons discharged his weapon multiple times on John at close range; however, it remains unknown exactly how many shots were fired or where John was hit.

APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said when Simmons made contact with John inside his SUV, the 26-year-old got out of the vehicle and approached the officer with two "bladed weapons."


Simmons, who was by himself, fired upon the driver, according to Castro.

John was taken to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

John was later found to be a cousin of 27-year-old Detlef Wulf, the man shot to death by police outside the Fairview Carrs Safeway store on the night of April 5.

APD officials say it may be weeks before a complete toxicology report is available that could show whether John was under the influence of any substances at the time of his death.

As with all officer-involved shootings, this case will be reviewed by the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals (OSPA).

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