- Associated Press - Thursday, May 25, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on the shooting of a suspect by an Anchorage police officer (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

A suspected prowler is in critical condition after he was shot by an Anchorage police officer.

Thirty-two-year-old Howard Watson Jr. remains at a hospital.

Police just before 4:30 a.m. Thursday took a report of a prowler breaking into a car near 100th Avenue and the Old Seward Highway.



Six officers and a canine unit responded and found multiple damaged cars.

At 5 a.m., an officer several blocks away spotted a man carrying pepper spray running through yards. The officer told him to stop, and when he didn’t, the officer attempted to stop him with a stun gun.

Police say the man dislodged probes from the stun gun and produced a hatchet.

The officer ordered him to drop the weapon, and when he didn’t, the officer fired his service handgun, striking the man multiple times.

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7:35 a.m.

Anchorage police say an officer confronted a suspected prowler armed with a hatchet and fired shots in south Anchorage.

An initial police press release does not indicate whether the suspect was struck.

Police just before 4:30 a.m. Thursday took a report of a prowler in south Anchorage between the Old and New Seward highways off 100th Avenue.

Officers found that someone had broken into multiple cars.

An officer spotted a man cutting through neighborhood yards. The officer tried to stop the man, and when he continued, unsuccessfully attempted to stop him with a stun gun.

Police say the suspect produced a hatchet. The officer then reported shots had been fired.

Police say they have contacted all people involved and that they continue to investigate the crime scene.

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