A Chugiak man was arrested Friday on attempted-murder and assault charges after a driveway argument at a Wasilla home Thursday night, which Alaska State Troopers say escalated into rifle fire at a man’s vehicle.
According to a Friday AST dispatch, troopers were informed just before midnight Thursday evening of an assault with shots fired at a home on Twilight Drive, off of Knik-Goose Bay Road. Arriving troopers learned that 33-year-old Timothy Merton Willson had been arguing with another man at the home.
“During this altercation, a rifle was fired, with the bullet entering in to the passenger compartment of the vehicle occupied by the victim,” troopers wrote. “Upon contacting AST, the victim was able to provide a description of the vehicle that Willson departed in as a red (Chevrolet) Suburban with a plastic back window.”
AST spokesperson Beth Ipsen says the round did not hit the man in the vehicle. After coordination between Palmer troopers and the Anchorage Police Department, Willson’s sport-utility vehicle was stopped at about 12:30 a.m. near Mile 20 of the Glenn Highway, in the vicinity of its Chugiak exit. Two other people in Willson’s vehicle were questioned and released.
Ipsen says investigators are learning more about details of the incident, including the nature of the argument with which it began.
“We’re still trying to firm up that information,” Ipsen said.
Willson was arrested and charged with second-degree attempted murder and third-degree assault. He was remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and arraigned Friday in Palmer Court, with his bail set at $100,000 cash and a third-party custodian required for release.
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