Anchorage officer shoots, wounds youth wielding BB gun

Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2009

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage police officer is on administrative leave after wounding a man in a fast-food restaurant parking lot.

Police say the officer overheard a disturbance late Monday. When he investigated, he saw a man pointing what appeared to be a rifle in the direction of people in the parking lot.

A statement from the police department says the officer feared for the safety of bystanders, and shot the suspect - a 17-year-old male - in the arm. The youth was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say the youth's rifle turned out to be a BB gun with a scope. Several witnesses were interviewed. No charges have been filed against the teenager.

The name of the officer involved in the shooting won't be released for three days per department policy.

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