Troopers ID officer in Seward shooting

Troopers ID officer in Seward shooting

Alaska State Troopers have identified a Seward Police Department officer involved in a shooting that left a man dead as officer Matthew “Eddie” Armstrong.

Troopers withheld his identity for 72 hours after the incident, per Seward Police Department policy, according to an online trooper dispatch.

Armstrong, a 13-year veteran of the department, shot a man during a confrontation at the Seward Safeway early Sunday morning. The man, identified as 41-year-old Micah McComas of Chugiak, later died of his injuries.

Initial reports showed that Armstrong pulled over a car and contacted McComas, and in the subsequent confrontation, McComas was shot and Armstrong sustained minor injuries.

Troopers from the Soldotna General Investigations Unit and troopers from the Soldotna and Seward posts responded to help in the investigation. The Alaska State Troopers have taken over the investigation and will complete reports before deciding whether charges are appropriate.

–Staff report

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