FAIRBANKS, ALASKA – A police officer in Alaska suffered multiple gunshot wounds early Sunday in a shooting in downtown Fairbanks. The suspect is a Native man who also stole his patrol car, Daily News-Miner reported.
Sgt. Allen Brandt, an 11-year veteran of the force, radioed police dispatch to report that he had been shot. The incident happened while he was responding to a report of shots fired on 7th Avenue between Noble Street and Steese Highway, police spokeswoman Yumi McCulloch said.
The suspect, however, was able to drive away using Brandt’s patrol car which was later found a few blocks away. Brandt was flown to a hospital in Anchorage. His injuries were not disclosed, but he is said to be in stable condition.
The following dash camera video shows the patrol car halted as a man walked in front of the vehicle and to the driver’s side. He appears with a gun drawn pointing into the vehicle. The footage does not show the actual shooting but the second part of the video shows the suspect walking away from the police car.
The videos were released by police hoping that someone could identify the suspect. He was described as a Native Alaskan man in his early 20’s, wearing a dark jacket, dark pants, and a knit cap.
Fairbanks Police Department posted an update on their Facebook page:
Sgt Brandt is in stable condition and still in the hospital. The extent of his injuries is not being released at this time.
Fairbanks Police would like to thank everyone in Fairbanks, across the State of Alaska and nationwide for their support in this stressful time and appreciate your patience as we continue our investigation.
The suspect in question is still at large and is considered armed and dangerous.
We urge anyone with information regarding this incident to contact us at 907-459-6800.
— G.Alexander(BRKNEWS) (@MajorNews911) October 19, 2016
Anthony George Jenkins-Alexie, 29, of Anchorage, was taken into custody at about 10 a.m. on Tuesday in downtown Fairbanks. He was remanded at Fairbanks Correctional Center on charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, vehicle theft, second-degree theft and tampering with physical evidence.