Anchorage police identify officer involved in accidental shooting

Anchorage police identified the officer whose weapon discharged and injured another officer Friday night as Ryan Nigh, a three-year veteran of the department. 

According to a statement from the Anchorage Police Department, Nigh and two other officers responded to a report of shots fired on Lana Court in the U-Med area Friday night. Officers arrived and approached a suspect, 29-year-old Justin Constantine. During a struggle with Constantine, Nigh’s service pistol discharged and a bullet struck a fellow officer in the lower body, said the statement. 

The officer was transported to the hospital and taken into surgery on Saturday morning. The department has not identified the officer shot.

“The injured officer is recovering well and has been moved out of ICU,” APD Chief Ken McCoy said in a statement Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, police had not provided further explanation about why the firearm discharged. 

The state Office of Special Prosecutions is reviewing the incident. McCoy said the results of the investigation will be made available to the public. 

Constantine was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was charged with several weapons charges.

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Wesley is a reporter for Alaska Public Media, covering primarily city government and Anchorage life. He previously worked at Alaska Public Media as a web editor, producer and education reporter before a two-year stint in Kotzebue, AK as News Director for KOTZ-AM.

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