DA's office declines prosecution in Spenard shooting
The Anchorage District Attorney's Office announced Thursday they would not be prosecuting the shooter from a case in Spenard in mid-November.
On November 15, Shelton Landon, a customer of Determine Design, got into an argument with business owner Daniel Clift over payment on a project, according to Anchorage Police spokesperson Renee Oistad.
During the argument, Clift pulled a gun and shot Landon once in the torso, Oistad said.
According to Deputy District Attorney Christina Sherman, Clift reported that he acted in self-defense.
While DDA Sherman was reviewing the file on the case, which included police reports, photos, audio, 911 call, medical records and copies of emails, she determined that the case met the elements needed for a charge of assault in the first-degree, however, "a review of the investigation also makes it clear that the state will be unable to disprove that Mr. Clift acted in self-defense.
"This in no ways (sic) implies that Mr. Clift's conduct is not of concern, but simply that the state will be unable to disprove self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt," she continued, in a letter written to APD Detective James Anderson, which was released Thursday.
Due to that reasoning, the state has declined to prosecute Clift in connection with the shooting.
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