Troopers: Fairbanks driver struck car, fired gun in attack on pedestrian
A pedestrian being helped Wednesday by a good Samaritan was fired on by a Fairbanks man, Alaska State Troopers said, who is now held on attempted-murder charges.
The events which led to 43-year-old David Cagwin’s arrest began shortly after 2 p.m., according to an online dispatch. A driver told police he had been stopped on Easy Street near Van Horn Road to offer someone a ride when a 2014 GMC Silverado truck was driven “directly at his vehicle.”
“Cagwin’s truck sideswiped the motorist’s 2014 Chevy Spark four-door sedan,” troopers wrote. “Cagwin’s truck was disabled during the collision and he exited his driver’s-side door and fired several rounds from a .45-caliber handgun at the male pedestrian/victim. None of the rounds struck the victim, but one round did enter a trailer across the road.”
The dispatch didn't mention whether Cagwin knew the pedestrian or the motorist, or discuss any potential reason for his actions. Troopers spokespersons weren't immediately available for comment Thursday morning.
The pedestrian got a ride out of the area with another driver, while Cagwin and two of his passengers – a man and a woman – ran away. Troopers and Fairbanks police soon found and arrested Cagwin nearby, also recovering the handgun. The passengers were tracked to a 35th Avenue apartment and detained, but were released after questioning.
Cagwin was held on charges of attempted murder, as well as third-degree assault and weapons misconduct.
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