It began as a traffic stop early in the morning on June 9 by a veteran Anchorage police officer. Then the driver pulled a gun and shot officer Jean Mills twice. The suspect, fresh out of prison and wanted on new charges, fled.
The situation turned so bad so quickly, she never had a chance to draw her gun, Mills said Tuesday, telling her story publicly for the first time. She doesn't second guess herself. She thinks she did everything by the book.
"I knew something was hinky, but it was just so fast," she said.
Dozens of police officers sped to the DeBarr Road scene, but the shooter was gone. Then, just before midnight, as police were closing in on him in a Spenard neighborhood, the suspect shot himself dead.
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After Saginaw Township Officer Jeff Koenig was injured, he managed to radio for help. "I've been shot!" Koenig said. "I got shot in the face!"