A man shot in the head with a rifle after a Mountain View domestic dispute early Tuesday morning is in critical condition, with the neighbor who allegedly shot him facing charges of first-degree assault.
In a Tuesday statement, APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro says Talon Draper, 19, has been arrested in the shooting of 22-year-old Jermaine Twiley at an apartment complex on the 3400 block of Thompson Avenue.
According to Castro, police first received reports of a disturbance in an apartment at the complex shortly after midnight Tuesday. Officers responded to the apartment, where they found and questioned both Twiley and the female, but they were uncooperative and police had no probable cause to issue charges. The female received minor injuries during the disturbance, but police didn't learn about them until after they initially left the scene.
An hour after the first calls to police, Draper told police he overheard what Castro described as “a serious physical altercation between a male and a female” in the apartment next door. He took a rifle and stepped outside, seeing Twiley running from the apartment.
“Draper told police he ordered the male to stop running because he feared for the safety of those involved in the domestic altercation,” Castro wrote. “Draper told police he saw the male (later identified as Twiley) reach down with his hands and then he fired his rifle at Twiley, striking him in the head.”
A witness who heard the disturbance, as well as the shot, reported the shooting to police at about 1:15 a.m. Draper was taken into custody by officers at the scene, while Twiley was taken to a local hospital; Castro says Twiley was set to undergo surgery Tuesday afternoon.
According to Castro, the case involves outside intervention in a domestic-violence incident, rather than a stand-your-ground scenario. She says police recommend that people not intervene in such situations, and instead call police who are professionally equipped to handle them.
Draper is being held at the Anchorage Jail. His bail has been set at $20,000, with a court-approved third-party custodian required for release.
Channel 2’s Caslon Hatch and Dan Carpenter contributed information to this story.
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