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By Tommy Wells
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Chugiak man killed during traffic stop


October 5, 2017 | View PDF

A Seward Police Department officer fatally shot a man during a traffic stop over the weekend, Police Chief Tom Clemons said in a statement released to the media on Monday morning.

According to the release, at approximately 1:47 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, an officer stopped a small blue Kia in the parking lot of the Safeway store on Third Avenue. During the stop, the officer approached the vehicle and became embroiled in a dispute with a 41-year-old resident of Chugiak, who was reportedly riding in the vehicle’s passenger seat. According to an initial investigation conducted by members of the Seward Police Department and the Alaska State Troopers, Micah E. McComas was shot during the contact and subsequently died as a result of his injuries.

According to law enforcement officials, the unidentified officer received non-life-threatening injuries during the incident.

The Seward Police Department requested assistance from the Alaska State Troopers in investigating circumstances of the shooting. An AST investigator from the Soldotna General Investigation Unit responded to assist with scene security and documentation.

Radio station KSRM in the Kenai area reported that McComas had appeared before the Third Judicial District court on several occasions, including a third-degree misconduct charge after he was arrested in January 2017 for carrying a handgun.

In the same incident in January, Anchorage Police Department officers said, McComas was charged with attempting to get rid of drug-related items while he was in the back of a patrol car. As a result, he was also charged with fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and tampering with evidence.

McComas was out on bail and facing a December 2017 trial.

McComas’ sister, Krista Smith, told the radio station that she felt her brother was attempting to get his life in order. She said he was living with her parents in Chugiak but had traveled to Seward to visit a female friend.

Clemons said the investigation into the shooting had been turned over to the Alaska State Troopers. Once the Troopers complete their review, a report will be forwarded to the Office of Special Prosecution for review.

Per Seward Police Department policy, the name of the officer involved in the incident was not to be released for 72 hours.


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