Man fatally shot by Anchorage police

Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2007

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police fatally shot a man in a supermarket parking lot after he led them on a high-speed chase in a stolen Jeep Cherokee.

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The dead man was identified as Steven Douglas Callan, 57, of Anchorage.

A police officer, Derek Hsieh, sustained a slight gunshot wound, probably from a ricocheted round in the incident Monday afternoon, police said. Callan's passenger, 33-year-old Jamie D. Smith of Anchorage, had a minor gunshot wound to her arm.

The officer was treated at the scene and did not need further medical assistance, said police spokesman Lt. Paul Honeman. Callan was treated at a local hospital and released for questioning by police. There had been no arrests as of early Tuesday afternoon.

The names of two officers who fired their weapons were not immediately released. Also, it was not immediately clear if Callan had a weapon when police opened fire on him.

The chase began shortly after 4 p.m. Monday when police spotted the stolen 1989 blue Jeep in the area of Dimond and Arctic boulevards. The officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, but its driver took off, police said.

Honeman said police chased the Jeep west along Dimond as they tried to box him in, Honeman said.

The man wouldn't stop, and the chase moved along Dimond toward a Carrs supermarket parking lot.

Jessica Summerhays was in her car at the intersection of Dimond and Jewel Lake Road when she saw a blue Jeep careen onto Dimond. One patrol car stopped and an officer got out and drew her gun, Summerhays said. The car pulled into the parking lot.

"Not even 10 seconds later I heard like eight pops," Summerhays said.

As standard procedure, the two officers involved in the shooting will be placed on three days' administrative leave, according to Honeman.

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