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Update from SPD and Troopers on Oct 1 Shooting

Hello everyone- AST, OSPA and Seward PD are providing a little clarification regarding what transpired on the October 1, 2017 officer involved shooting in Seward. It is still an active and ongoing investigation. Once the investigation by AST is complete, the report will be forwarded to OSPA for review.

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Location: Seward

Type: Agency assist

Dispatch Text:

Update: Officer Armstrong initiated the traffic stop at approximately 0105 hours for a speeding violation.  The traffic stop turned into a drug investigation.  McComas was handcuffed and placed in the back of Officer Armstrong’s vehicle.

Officer Armstrong was continuing his investigation, when at approximately 0147 hours, McComas managed to get in the front seat of Officer Armstrong’s vehicle and attempted to drive away. Officer Armstrong attempted to stop McComas. Ultimately, Officer Armstrong discharged his firearm and McComas sustained fatal gunshot wounds.  An autopsy confirmed that McComas died as a result of gunshot wounds.

The investigation into this incident is continuing and anyone with information regarding this incident should contact investigators with the General Investigation Unit at 907-262-4453.  At the conclusion of this investigation, the case will be turned over to the Alaska Department of Law, Office of Special Prosecutions to determine if the use of force was legally justified under Alaska law.

Correction: Per the Seward Police Department, the law enforcement officer involved in the shooting incident on 10/1/2017 has been identified as follows:

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Officer Matthew “Eddie” Armstrong, a 13-year veteran of Seward Police Department

(The officer had previously been identified by Seward Police Department as Matthew Eddy.)

Update:

On Sunday, October 1, 2017, at approximately 0147 hours, an officer with the Seward Police Department (SPD) was involved in a shooting in the Safeway parking lot in Seward.  Initial investigation determined that the Seward Police Officer made a traffic stop and contacted Micah McComas, 41 of Chugiak. During the contact, McComas was shot and subsequently died as a result of his injuries. Next of kin has been notified.

The Seward Police Officer received non-life threatening injuries during the incident. The Seward Police Department requested AST assistance in investigating the incident.  An AST investigator from the Soldotna General Investigation Unit and Troopers from Soldotna and Seward responded to investigate and assist with scene security and documentation. AST has assumed case responsibility to investigate the officer involved shooting.  Once the investigation and reports are complete, it will be forwarded to the Office of Special Prosecution for review.

The name of the officer involved will be released 72 hours from the time of the incident per SPD policy. No further information is available for release at this time.

Original release:

On Sunday, October 1, 2017, at approximately 0147 hours, AST was notified that Seward Police Department (SPD) was involved in an Officer Involved Shooting in the Safeway parking lot in Seward. As a result of the shooting, SPD requested AST assistance. An investigator from GIU and Troopers from Soldotna and Seward have responded to assist with scene security and documentation.

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