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Anchorage displays wounded officer's hat

Posted: Monday, September 07, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Thirty years ago, Anchorage Deputy Police Chief Ross Plummer was one of the officers responding to a report of a suspicious person at grocery store.

Al Grillo / The Associated Press
Al Grillo / The Associated Press

When Plummer tried to search him, the man spun around and shot the officer in the right arm and left shoulder.

The man then put a gun to Plummer's head and pulled the trigger, but his hat deflected the shot.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the hat is now on display in the lobby at police headquarters as a testament to the dangers police face.

The gunman, Michael Ray Stith, served about eight years in federal prison for the shooting and a bank robbery. In 2008, as Stith was sought for a string of robberies, he shot himself dead.



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