01/21/2010

Reward raised to $25K in shooting of Alaska officer

Officer Jason Allen was shot 5 times as he sat in his patrol car

Anchorage Daily News

ANCHORAGE — The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter of Anchorage police officer Jason Allen has been raised to $25,000, and detectives say they have obtained several videos taken that night.

Meanwhile, the head of the Anchorage police union, Sgt. Derek Hsieh, visited the injured officer at the hospital on Wednesday and said Allen may be permanently disabled by the attack.

The 47-year-old patrolman was shot five times as he sat in his patrol car filling out paperwork on a Fairview street early on the morning of Jan. 9.

Police are putting a lot of manpower into the investigation because it seems it was a brazen, unprovoked murder attempt on a uniformed officer.

"It's a crime that cannot be tolerated," said the head of the investigation, Lt. Dave Koch. "It's a crime that has got to be solved."

He called it an "open attack on the system."

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