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A 51-year-old man fired at a man outside an East Anchorage gas station, then police before he was shot by officers, charges say

By Tess Williams

Updated: 15 minutes ago Published: 15 minutes ago

A 51-year-old man shot at another man outside an East Anchorage gas station early Monday then fired at responding police, who subsequently shot and wounded him, charges filed in the encounter say.

Damien Dollison is facing three assault charges and was hospitalized Wednesday.

Surveillance footage showed Dollison had been parked at the Circle K fuel station for about 40 minutes before he left and walked back to the area with a shotgun in his hands around 3:30 am, according to a criminal complaint written by an Anchorage police officer.

He approached a parked truck and aimed a shotgun at the two people sitting inside as he ordered them to get out, the complaint said. The man in the truck later told police he thought it was an attempted carjacking, the complaint said. He grabbed his handgun before he got out of the vehicle, it said.

In surveillance footage, the man is seen raising a gun at Dollison, who then began retreating to the side of the building, the complaint said. The man followed and Dollison fired a shot at him, then went into the store, the complaint said.

The man told police Dollison pointed the shotgun at him through the window and then came back outside, where they eventually decided to put their guns down and leave, the complaint said.

Police arrived as Dollison was walking south and through a nearby parking lot, the complaint said. When officers tried to contact him, he pointed the shotgun and fired one shot at them, according to the complaint.

The two officers returned fire and struck Dollison twice, shooting him in the lower and upper body, police said. He was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police Chief Sean Case provided limited details about the shooting during a news conference on Monday and said he plans to provide more information on Thursday once the department is further along in its investigation.

This is the fifth time since mid-May that Anchorage police have shot someone. The string of shootings left three people dead and another hospitalized.

The shootings are the first to be captured on video by body cameras since officers were outfitted earlier this year. The SWAT officers involved in a fatal standoff with a 58-year-old woman at the end of June were not wearing cameras.

Body-camera footage of the recent shootings has not been released, despite mounting pressure from the public. Case on Monday said he plans to change how the department handles release of the footage and said a revised policy will provide a timeline for release.

Dollison was unable to attend his initial court hearing Wednesday because he was hospitalized, District Court Judge Michael Logue said. The hearing was rescheduled for Thursday and Dollison is being held on a $75,000 bail.