Anchorage police officer hit in face with bear pepper spray

ANCHORAGE — A man suspected of shooting bear pepper spray into the face of an Anchorage police officer was arrested on suspicion of assault, resisting arrest and drug misconduct.

Anchorage police say 25-year-old Joshua Chiskok tried to remove the officer’s handgun from its holster as they wrestled.

A caller early Tuesday reported hearing a fight and a man calling for help at 15th Avenue and Cordova Street.

An officer contacted Chiskok, and as they talked, Chiskok pulled a can of bear spray from his backpack and fired it into the officer’s face.

As the men wrestled to the ground, backup officers arrived and used a baton and a stun gun on Chiskok.

He was treated for injuries at a hospital and arrested.

Online court records did not list Chiskok’s attorney.

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