Details Monday about the deadly officer involved shooting in Fairview at a news conference held at APD headquarters.
Twenty-seven-year-old Detlef Wulf died Friday night after being shot by two police officers after he allegedly pointed a handgun at police in the parking lot of the Carrs grocery store at 13th and Gambell.
“Two officers approached the vehicle and observed that the subject, later identified as Detlef Wulf, had a semi-automatic handgun,” said Dani Myren, APD spokesperson, in a statement. “Mr. Wulf ignored a verbal command to put his hands up.”
APD Chief Mark Mew recounted the shooting during a press conference.
“They said put your hands up — instead [Wulf] doesn’t do that. He grabs the gun, produces it, opens the door, leans out, points it over his shoulder at the officers and the officers returned fire,” said Mew.
Chief Mew said officers fired a total of five shots at Wulf and it was not known how many times he was struck. He believes “most or all shots” did hit Wulf. An autopsy was still being conducted Monday.
Police said the SUV Wulf was in was not registered to him, so Wulf’s identity or criminal history were not known until after the shooting.
A Carrs security guard called police about a man slumped over the wheel of a vehicle parked outside, “unconscious, probably a drunk driver,” Mew said. The security guard had knocked on the window repeatedly but couldn’t rouse the man, Mew said. The call came in at 10:05 p.m., police said earlier.
Two patrol officers went to Carrs, boxing in the vehicle from the front and back with their patrol cars to prevent the driver from taking off, Mew said. The vehicle was a Ford SUV — Mew wasn’t sure of the model.