Man Shot by Police had Machete, Hatchet

Anchorage police say a man who was shot and killed by police approached the officer with a hatchet and a machete.


by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- Anchorage police say a man who was shot and killed by police approached the officer with a hatchet and a machete.

Officer Christopher Simmons shot and killed 26-year-old Kenneth John on Monday. Police initially said John approached the officer during a traffic stop with blade-like weapons in each hand.

Simmons, who was alone in his cruiser, was checking on an SUV that was parked on the wrong side of the road in the Fairview neighborhood.

Police say in a release that Simmons made contact with John, who exited the vehicle with the bladed weapons.

Simmons issued verbal commands to John. Police say Simmons started to retreat, and when John continued to advance on him, Simmons shot him.

The Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals is investigating the shooting.

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Anonymous said on Monday, Jul 1 at 1:55 PM

Shoot him in the leg.....yeah, that's brilliant. Do you have any idea of how hard it is to hit a leg that is moving towards you. Stop watching so much TV and start living in the real world.

alias said on Monday, Jul 1 at 5:45 PM

A bullet in the femoral artery can kill person as easily as the abdomen. Instead of blaming the cop for killing the guy why don't we recognize that its a really bad idea to charge a a cop with any sort of weapon. Everyone has the right to defend themselves, cops are no exception. I know the police shootings in Anchorage is a contentious and emotional issue. But we must try to understand whats going on rather than make assumptions.

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