***Special Joint Press Release***
Officer shot identified as Patrol Officer Jean Mills
Contact: Dave Parker, APD, 351-1959
Sarah Erkmann, Mayor’s Office, (907) 343-7103
ANCHORAGE- Anchorage Police Officer Jean Mills was shot this morning following a traffic stop at DeBarr Road and Beaver Place. Her photo is attached to the electronic press release.
Mills, 45, began her career at APD in 1998 and has been a patrol officer ever since, usually on the mid-shift (11 p.m. - 9 a.m.).
As Mills approached the vehicle this morning, a suspect pointed a gun at her and fired. She was shot multiple times, and was transported to a local hospital where she underwent surgery for the injuries she sustained. Her recovery time is expected to be significant.
The suspect vehicle in this incident was located several hours later nearby. The vehicle had been abandoned. More than three dozen officers converged on the area and began the search for the suspect. The suspect remains at-large.
If anyone has information as to the person responsible for this act of violence against our officer, he/she is asked to call APD immediately at 786-8900. To be eligible for a reward, tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP (7867) or tips can also be submitted on their secure website at www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com.
APD’s Homicide Detectives are investigating this latest attack on an officer. Details will be released as they become available.
Mayor Dan Sullivan expressed outrage at the attack on Officer Mills. “This assault does not represent who we are as a community; Anchorage citizens largely respect the law and our dedicated police officers. The police department has all municipal resources at its disposal to track down this depraved criminal, and I have every confidence APD will bring the suspect to swift justice.”