Man In Officer Involved Shooting Was Holding BB Gun

Anchorage police had another shooting incident Sunday evening and a man is hospitalized.  The incident occurred in South Anchorage at a household on Noble Circle that police say they had been to before.  The initial report was of a despondent man.

Police say that after contact was made with Smith, officers responded with both less than lethal force and conventional service weapons.

“The suspect pointed a handgun at officers and officers responded by firing their weapons,” according to an APD press release.

The Major Crime Scene Investigators recovered the handgun used by Harry Smith to threaten officers.  It is a Smith & Wesson M&P .177 caliber airgun which is a look-alike to the Smith and Wesson M&P .40 caliber pistol which is produced by Smith & Wesson for the military and police markets, but which is also available for the public to purchase.

This is the second officer-involved shooting of a person with a weapon this year.