The man charged with murdering a Fairbanks police officer in 2016 now faces additional federal gun charges in connection with the case.

U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder’s office announced charges Tuesday against 30-year-old Anthony Jenkins-Alexie of using a firearm during a crime of violence, stealing a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Jenkins-Alexie already faces state charges including first-degree murder in the shooting of Fairbanks police Sgt. Allen Brandt, who survived six gunshot wounds from the encounter but suddenly died from complications linked to eye surgery during his treatment.

“According to the indictment, on Oct. 16, 2016, in Fairbanks, Jenkins-Alexie allegedly used and brandished firearms while forcefully stealing Sgt. Brandt’s police vehicle,” prosecutors wrote in a statement on the new charges. “It is further alleged that Jenkins-Alexie had forcibly taken one of these firearms from Sgt. Brandt, as well as stealing his vehicle.”

Schroder’s office has laid out a strategy of focusing on violent offenders in Alaska crimes, as well as targeting them with federal gun charges when their cases involve firearms.

A federal indictment of Jenkins-Alexie, who has a November 2013 felony DUI conviction in state court, identified the weapon he allegedly stole from Brandt as a .45 caliber Glock Model 21 pistol. Jenkins-Alexie is also accused of using another semi-automatic handgun, a Ruger P95, which prosecutors are asking that he be ordered to forfeit if convicted on the federal charges.

Fairbanks and North Pole police, Alaska State Troopers and the FBI as well as the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives all worked on the federal case against Jenkins-Alexie, according to Tuesday's statement.

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