Anchorage man indicted for firing at police
An Anchorage man suspected of firing shots at two police officers earlier this month was indicted by a grand jury last Wednesday, a press release from the attorney general's office said Tuesday.
Jarel Paulk, 32, was pulled over on June 9 after an Anchorage Police Department officer witnessed him drift across all four southbound lanes of Gambell Street before turning into the parking lot of First National Bank. After another officer arrived on scene, Paulk was issued citations for driving with a revoked license and not having insurance. He was told his vehicle would be impounded.
Paulk and his female passenger were walking away from the scene when the officers turned their attention to another vehicle in the parking lot. According to an APD release at the time, that's when shots were fired from the direction Paulk was walking. The officers took cover, but never fired their weapons since they didn't have a clear target. Paulk and his passenger were arrested later that same day.
"According to the charging document, Paulk resisted being taken into custody when APD officers attempted to detain him in relation to the earlier shooting," Tuesday's release states. "As officers tried to detain Paulk, an officer saw Paulk throw something on the ground near a car. Officers recovered a firearm containing multiple rounds of ammunition that matched the shell casings found at the scene of the earlier shooting. Paulk allegedly stated he had purchased the firearm on the street a week earlier and the ammunition had come with the gun."
Paulk is charged with two counts of first-degree attempted assault, two counts of third-degree assault, two counts of second-degree misconduct involving weapons, two counts of third-degree misconduct involving weapons and one count of resisting arrest. All of the charges are felonies except for resisting arrest. His passenger was not charged.
According to Tuesday's release, a trial date has not been set.
Correction: Based on a release from the Anchorage Police Department, a previous version of this story incorrectly reported the incident happened on June 10; the events occurred on Sunday, June 9.
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