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Alaska police officer shot; shooter still sought

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Police in Fairbanks, Alaska, were looking for a suspect who they said shot one of their officers early Sunday, then briefly stole the officer's patrol auto.

In a press briefing that lasted about five minutes Monday afternoon, Acting Fairbanks Police Chief Brad Johnson said dispatchers shortly after midnight took witness calls reporting shots fired and a man screaming. FPD has identified the officer involved as Sergeant Allen Brandt, an 11-year veteran of the department.

The Fairbanks police department released footage of the suspect as he approached Brandt's vehicle, which he then allegedly stole but abandoned a few minutes later.

Brandt was rushed to Fairbanks memorial and later flown to Anchorage in serious condition. The man ran in front of the police auto to the left side of the vehicle while holding something in both of his hands.

The suspect remains at large.

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Police released the videos in hopes that someone could identify the alleged shooter, described as an Alaska Native man in his early 20s wearing a dark jacket, dark trousers and a knit cap. Additional officers arrived on scene and found Brandt suffering from multiple gunshot wounds just off the roadway.

The City of Fairbanks website shows he graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2004 and was a member of Police Corps.

Video from a dashboard camera shows Brandt's patrol vehicle coming to a stop next to a man walking down the sidewalk, dressed in a heavy coat and a hat.

The vehicle stops and the man, wearing a cap and a heavy, black jacket, reaches with his right hand toward his coat pocket. He did not release details of how Johnson exited the auto or from where he returned fire. Responding officers administered first aid. Brandt, who was wearing body armor protecting his chest, sustained injuries to his legs and shrapnel in his left eye. Police describe the suspect as an Alaska Native male in his 20s.

"We are receiving dozens of tips and rely on the community's assistance to help us solve this crime", Johnson said.

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