Alaska State Troopers and Kodiak police are seeking two men who claimed to be officers of the law when they approached a teen at a beach on the island last weekend, then fired a gunshot.
In a Monday AST dispatch, troopers say they were informed of shots fired at Mill Bay Beach Saturday evening shortly before midnight.
“Upon arrival, further investigation revealed that two males, dressed in black and wearing ski masks, approached a 17-year-old juvenile near the beach,” troopers wrote. “The subjects claimed they were police officers and demanded the minor to identify himself. When the minor questioned their validity as law enforcement officers, one of the subjects brandished a pistol and fired the weapon.”
The teen wasn’t hurt and the suspects reportedly ran away.
AST spokesperson Megan Peters had little further information available on what happened Monday, saying only that the suspects had claimed they were with “no specific agency” and that troopers have received no other recent reports of similar incidents.
In general, however, Peters says citizens should expect any actual officer using police powers to provide their identification upon request.
“If (a) non-uniformed person claims to be a law enforcement officer, the officer should be carrying law enforcement credentials and they should show the citizen their credentials if asked,” Peters wrote. “The law enforcement officer should be carrying a badge and a photo ID.”
We keep saying it, but Let's. Be. Careful. Out. There.