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Police arrest man who allegedly shot at them

Anchorage police stopped a red Chevy Malibu in a parking to at 18th and Gambell Streets on Sunday morning at 12:46 am. The car had been weaving across all four lanes of the street going southbound.

The driver, 32-year-old Jarel M Paulk, had no proof of insurance and his driver’s license was revoked.

Paulk was issued citations for both violations; he was then advised that his vehicle was going to be impounded. Paulk and the adult female passenger began walking away from the scene while verbally expressing their displeasure with the situation.  An unrelated vehicle pulled into the bank parking lot which caused both officers to look over at it.

At that moment, at 1:29 am, a shot was fired at the officers from the direction of Paulk and his passenger. The bullet struck a tree. Officers took cover and brought in backup police officers. Paulk and his companion ran off.

No one was injured and officers did not return fire because they didn’t have a clear target.

At 5:14 pm on Sunday, officers received a tip that Paulk and the woman were in the Mountain View area. Officers saw the two outside on the 300-block of N Bunn Street.

Paulk refused to comply with officer commands; several officers took Paulk to the ground where they were able to both handcuff him and put him into full restraints. Paulk continued to be physically combative, and was in custody by 5:24 pm. A weapon, believed to belong to Paulk, was found discarded under a car he was standing next to.

The woman was also taken into custody.

Paulk was remanded at the Anchorage Jail on two counts of Assault III, Misconduct Involving a Weapon II, Misconduct Involving a Weapon III – Felon in Possession, and Resisting Arrest.  The passenger was not charged.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Wonder if he will be sent to US Attorney General for felon in possession of a firearm. Mandatory minimum in this case 20 years.

    • If he hit who he was aiming at, the term should be increased to 40 years.

  • It’s Anchorage, what else might someone be expecting…..

  • Anchorage is getting a nasty reputation, nearly on par with Chicago. Lock these criminals up for good and throw away the key.