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Man shot by police officers appears in court

 Dustin Folse appears in court charged with aiming a crossbow at police officers before he was shot. (KTUU)
Dustin Folse appears in court charged with aiming a crossbow at police officers before he was shot. (KTUU) (KTUU)
Published: Jan. 13, 2020 at 3:58 PM AKST
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A man shot by a police officer Sunday appeared in court Monday afternoon, facing three charges – of reckless endangerment and assault. Dustin Folse, 35, appeared before the judge in a wheelchair. Police said in a release that he was shot in the “lower body.”

Charging documents against Folse allege that he was first reported to police by drivers who saw him dressed in all black, wearing a ski mask, and carrying a crossbow in the “ready” position. One caller said he appeared to be tracking vehicles with the crossbow as they drove by, and then he crossed the Old Seward Highway and went into a shopping center.

According to the documents, the witness saw Folse raise the crossbow to a shooting position, and appeared to be aiming at a police officer. Another officer fired at him before he rose to a knee, raising the crossbow again, before dropping it and running away.

An APD dash camera captured part of the exchange as well, and shows what appears to be Folse discharging the crossbow after being shot at the first time, the documents allege.

During Monday’s court hearing, Folse repeatedly talked about being manipulated “digitally” by others to commit acts he did not want to commit. A lawyer from the Public Defender’s office urged him not to talk about his case with anyone until he had spoken with his lawyer.

Folse has a warrant out of Louisiana for sexual battery and failure to appear. Court documents also show an arrest in Oregon for the illegal purchase of a firearm.

Folse's bail was set at $40,000. If he posts bail, he won't be able to leave Alaska without the court's permission, will be under 24-7 house arrest and will not be allowed to have weapons.

Correction: This story has been updated with the correct amount for bail.
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