An Anchorage teen was arrested early Friday morning after he allegedly fired multiple rounds in South Anchorage.


The Anchorage Police Department dispatched officers to the area of Driftwood Street and E. 71st Avenue after receiving multiples reports of “anywhere between 12 and 30 shots” being fired, according to an APD statement. Responding officers also heard shots fired in the area shortly after arriving.


Some witnesses provided a description of the suspect and his vehicle, which was located by police in front of a building on the 7000 block of Driftwood Street, police report. Upon approaching the vehicle, officers spotted a handgun and rifle in plain sight within the truck. Multiple shell casings were also reportedly found on the ground nearby.


Police determined the registered owner of the vehicle, 18-year-old Jason West, was inside the building near the truck, APD wrote. After police made several announcements over a loudspeaker, West came out and was arrested.


West was reportedly intoxicated at the time of his arrest, at a level more than twice the legal limit, police said. He was charged with two counts of unlawful use or possession of firearms and one count of resisting or interfering with a peace officer and remanded to the Anchorage Correctional Complex.


No damage was reported as a result of the incident.


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