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Anchorage police officer shot inside hotel

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A police officer was shot inside an Anchorage hotel while investigating a burglary.

Anchorage Police Department spokesman Lt. Dave Parker says officers went to the Merrill Field Inn at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday to investigate a burglary. He says while questioning three people inside one of the hotel rooms, one of them began shooting from the bathroom.

Parker says there was an exchange of gunfire. He says one of the officers sustained a graze wound to his back and was taken to a hospital.

Parker says the suspect likely remains inside the inn. He says it appears that the suspect may have been shot as well.

There has been no contact with the suspect and a negotiating team had been brought in to assist.

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