The FBI, Alaska State Troopers, the Seattle Police Department and others are now involved in the search for the person or people who shot 47-year-old Anchorage police officer Jason Allen in Fairview. Allen was wounded in an early morning drive-by shooting Saturday.
The assistance of the other agencies will "broaden the base of our investigative efforts and bring additional resources and expertise to bear on the investigation," police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said in a statement.
In addition, Monday afternoon the police union offered a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of suspects in this shooting. The Anchorage Police Department Employees Association said it has set up an account at KeyBank and it invited members of the public to also contribute to the reward fund.
Police say they still don't know why the shooter attacked Allen in what they've called an ambush attack. Allen had been on duty about three hours and had spent about 45 minutes outside a home on Medfra Street, between 14th and 15th avenues, dealing with an apparently unrelated call just before he was shot.
A dark-colored sedan, probably an early-1990s make, pulled alongside Allen's patrol car, and a man opened fire with what appeared to be a handgun.
Allen's bulletproof vest stopped some of the shots, but Allen suffered about five gunshot wounds, police said.
He has been in an Anchorage hospital and is expected to fully recover. Parker said Allen's wife "said he was still in quite a bit of pain, but he's able to respond and talk to people and talk to his family."
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