An Alaska police officer was shot multiple times after being ambushed by an unidentified suspect Saturday.
The injured police officer received emergency surgery after being rushed to the hospital, reports CNN. A second responding officer fatally shot the suspect, according to Anchorage Police Chief Chris Tolley.
The officer responded to reports “of a theft suspect who was on foot.” When the officer stopped a pedestrian, a man with a gun walked up and started shooting the officer around 4:30 a.m.
“As the officer was initiating a stop, a male brandishing a gun approached the patrol car and started firing at the officer,” the police statement read.”The officer was shot multiple times and also returned fire.”
The injured officer called for back up and another officer arrived to the scene. The responding officer fired at the suspect, fatally wounding him.
“Additional officers responded and rendered aid to the injured officer and the suspect. The suspect was declared deceased at the scene,” the statement said.
Tolley maintained that his officers did everything they could to save the suspect.
“Our officers tried to save this individual’s life,” Tolley said about the suspect. “They were unsuccessful. The individual died at the scene.”
Tolley said the shooting, which was caught on tape, was “a clear and intentional ambush.”
“It’s horrific. It is really sad,” he added.
The state Office of Special Prosecutions will investigate the shooting to determine whether the officers’ use of force was justified.
The two officers involved have been placed on four days administrative leave. The Anchorage Police Department’s Office of Internal Inspections will decide whether the officers’ use of force adhered to department policy.
The injured officer is expected to recover.
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