Officer's condition improves since weekend shooting

The Anchorage police officer shot and seriously injured last weekend has been moved out of the critical care unit as his condition improved, police said today.

Jason Allen, 47, was hit five times in the shooting on Medfra Street between 14th and 15th avenues early Saturday morning. A bullet-proof vest stopped some of the rounds.

After undergoing surgery, Allen is doing better and is out of intensive care, police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said today. Asked if Allen had any words for the public, Parker quoted him as saying, "Be safe, watch your six and expect the unexpected."

In a statement released this afternoon, Parker said a medical team has begun the "long term process" of repairing his arms, which were damaged in the shooting.

Police, aided by state and federal authorities, are continuing to hunt the man who shot the officer at close range from a dark-colored sedan. The Anchorage Police Department Employees Association offered a reward starting at $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the tip line at 786-8860.