41-year-old Chugiak man shot and killed during police stop in Seward

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 14:48

UPDATE: On Oct. 10, 2017, Alaska State Troopers released additional information about the incident in which a 41-year-old Chugiak man was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Seward. According to Troopers, Micah McComas was placed in handcuffs in the back of a patrol car. McComas managed to get into the front seat of the car, troopers said, at which point officer Matthew “Eddie” Armstrong fired at McComas in an attempt to get him to stop. An autopsy confirmed gunshots killed McComas.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A 41-year-old Chugiak man was shot and killed during a traffic stop by Seward police early Sunday morning.

According to an Alaska State Troopers online dispatch, Micah McComas was shot during a traffic stop in the Safeway Parking lot in the small KenaiPeninsula town of about 3,000 people alongside Resurrection Bay.

Details were scarce, but troopers said the officer involved in the shooting also received non-life threatening injuries in the incident. The dispatch didn’t detail the nature of the officer’s injuries or name the officer per department policy. According to troopers, the officer’s name will be released 72 hours after the incident.

McComas had an extensive criminal history in Alaska and was scheduled to go to trial in December for a weapons misconduct charge stemming from a January arrest in Eagle River. According to a story in the Jan. 19, 2017 edition of the Star, Anchorage Police arrested McComas on Jan. 10, 2017 at around 1:19 a.m. after an officer stopped to check on a vehicle stuck in a snowbank at the intersection of Kahiltna and Kantishna Drives. The officer searched McComas, who was a passenger in the vehicle, and allegedly found him in possession of a handgun. Having a previous felony conviction, McComas was arrested for third-degree misconduct involving a weapon. On the way to jail, police said McComas also tried to discard drugs in the back of a patrol car and he was charged with misconduct involving a controlled substance. Troopers said McComas’s next-of-kin had been notified.

McComas was the second Chugiak resident involved in a high-profile police incident in Seward in less than a week. In an unrelated Sept. 26 case, a 19-year-old Chugiak man allegedly stole a car in Eagle River before leading police on a 100-mile chase that ended when the man was found hiding in the in the oceanside forest that surrounds the city. To read the entire dispatch about Sunday’s shooting, visit dps.alaska.gov/dailydispatch/home

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