Police release new details about shooting

Aug 15, 2012 -- 11:02am

 

- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage police say they tried nonlethal means to subdue a man in an officer-involved shooting last month. Police released more details Tuesday on the fatal July 1 shooting of a man who drew an air gun on officers in South Anchorage. It was the third fatal shooting by law enforcement officers this summer of a man not carrying a firearm. Fifty-nine-year-old Harry Smith died after he was shot at his home. The two officers who shot him were cleared of wrongdoing by the state's Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals. Police Chief Mark Mew said Tuesday that officers with grenade launchers fired two foam-tipped "sponge rounds" designed to knock down or incapacitate rather than kill. One missed Smith and the other hit but had no effect.

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