Anchorage police officer shot in line of duty, expected to survive

The suspect who allegedly shot the Anchorage officer was shot by police

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An Alaska police officer was shot and seriously wounded while conducting a security check at an Anchorage park Wednesday night.

The officer was hospitalized and is expected to survive, Anchorage police said. 

A man suspected of eluding police pulled out a handgun after the Anchorage police officer and a partner made contact with him around 8 p.m. local time and allegedly fired on the officer at Centennial Campground, striking the officer. Both officers returned fire on the suspect. 

Anchorage police give an update on a shooting Wednesday evening that left an officer hospitalized. 

Anchorage police give an update on a shooting Wednesday evening that left an officer hospitalized.  (Anchorage Police Department)

The man was shot multiple times and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Charges are forthcoming, the department said. 

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The entrance to Anchorage's Centennial Park. 

The entrance to Anchorage's Centennial Park.  (Google Maps)

"Please keep our officer and his family in your prayers as he recovers," the department said in a statement. 

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A building at Anchorage's Centennial Park.

A building at Anchorage's Centennial Park. (Google Maps)

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The officers' use of force is under investigation per protocol, police said.