Authorities have released the name of the Seward police officer involved in a deadly shooting over the weekend. Officer Matthew “Eddie” Armstrong shot 41-year-old Micah McComas of Chugiak shortly before two o’clock Sunday morning following a traffic stop in the Safeway parking lot in Seward.
A thirteen year veteran of the department, Officer Armstrong received non-life threatening injuries during the altercation. State Troopers are currently investigating the shooting. Once complete, the report will go on to the Office of Special Prosecution for review.
The Alaska Dispatch News reported Sunday that McComas was handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser, according to McComas’ friend Amy Campbell who was driving the vehicle that was pulled over. Campbell told the ADN the cruiser began rolling forward. Officer Armstrong ran to the car and, according to Campbell, a minute to a minute and a half later, five shots were fired. She said McComas was still alive when the ambulance arrived. He was awaiting trial on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and a misdemeanor drug charge.