Court docs describe gunfire against APD officer
A man accused of firing on an Anchorage police officer in Fairview last week had also opened fire while trying to get into a store earlier that night, prosecutors say.
Patrick Tillmon Jr., 27, was arrested by APD officers Wednesday evening. He was arraigned Thursday on charges including third-degree assault, reckless endangerment, weapons misconduct and resisting arrest.
Police say Tillmon had eluded SWAT officers sent as backup to the original Jan. 15 shots-fired call on Gambell Street. He also has a history of assault arrests from Texas.
According to a criminal complaint against Tillmon filed by APD Officer Chad Mobley, police were called at about 9:15 p.m. Jan. 15 to reports of a man outside Fairview Tobacco and Pipes “discharging a weapon in the parking lot.” Mobley responded, along with Officers Rosendo Perez and Christopher Vierra.
Mobley said he saw a man later identified as Tillmon walking north away from the business, who ran into a nearby parking lot behind Barry’s Lounge when Mobley ordered him to stop. Perez then arrived and saw what appeared to be a gun in Tillmon’s hand.
“Officer Perez told the suspect to stop,” Mobley wrote. “The suspect then ran around a snow berm and discharged his weapon towards Officer Perez, then jumped a fence into the park that is between [10th and 11th avenues]. The discharge of the firearm was heard by Officer Perez, Officer Vierra, and myself. The suspect continued to run from Officer Perez.”
Mobley found a .45-caliber shell casing, as well as a live .45 round, outside Fairview Tobacco and Pipes. Tillmon’s girlfriend, who worked there, told police Tillmon had gotten into an argument with a colleague of hers before she convinced him to leave the store.
“Approximately 30-45 minutes later Tillmon returned to find the door to the store locked,” Mobley wrote. “Tillmon demanded the door be [opened] and when workers refused to open the door Tillmon pointed a gun at the lock on the door.”
Soon afterward, Tillmon’s girlfriend told investigators, he fired his gun outside the store and “continued to pace in front of the storefront” until officers arrived.
Mobley said Tillmon’s girlfriend also said he had previously fired a gun inside a staircase at an East 11th Avenue home where the two of them had been staying. An APD K-9 unit found a “black firearm” on the sidewalk, during a search that led police to the residence.
Ken Kulovany contributed information to this story.
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