From: Lieutenant Krag Campbell
Case or Incident: #220222-004
On February 22, 2022, at around 7:24 PM, JPD received a call from the family member of a 65-year-old male subject reporting the subject had threatened to harm himself. The subject was reported to have a loaded gun inside his residence at Kodzoff II Trailer Park. The family member told Dispatch that the man has a roommate but did not know if the roommate was at the trailer.
When officers called the subject on the phone, he indicated he was going to hurt himself and that he had a gun. The officers asked the subject to put his gun away and meet them outside.
At about 8:07 PM, JPD officers arrived on scene. While approaching the residence on foot, officers observed a male subject standing in front of the residence they were responding to. Officers announced themselves as police and attempted a dialogue with the subject, asking his name and if he was the person they were there to meet. Officers asked the subject to walk towards them and show his hands.
During this brief exchange, one or more of the officers believed the subject was pointing a gun at them. Officer Eric Hoffman fired his department-issued duty weapon at the subject.
After three shots were fired, the subject went to the ground. Officers approached the subject, checked for injuries, and placed him into handcuffs. The man was not injured and was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
The JPD Criminal Investigations Unit responded to the scene to investigate the incident. It was learned that the 65-year-old male was not in possession of a gun during the shooting. A gun was recovered from inside the 65-year-old man's residence. Per department policy, Officer Hoffman’s duty weapon was seized as part of this investigation.
It was later learned that the shots fired at the subject struck two nearby occupied trailers. One resident received a minor cut from glass fragments from the shot entering a bedroom window. This person was evaluated on scene by CCFR and released. No other bystanders were injured. No officers were injured during this incident.
Officer Hoffman has been employed with the City and Borough of Juneau as a police officer since June of 2016. Prior to that, he was employed with the Fairbanks Police Department for three years. Per department policy, Officer Hoffman has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing. The Alaska Bureau of Investigations is leading this investigation.
At the conclusion of the investigation, all information regarding the shooting will be forwarded to the State of Alaska Department of Law's Office of Special Prosecutions, which reviews all officer-involved shootings in Alaska.
All factual allegations contained in this release are based upon preliminary investigation and are subject to change or clarification as the investigation continues. Any charges reported in this release are merely accusations and all persons named in this release are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.