Suspect arrested after firing shots at Anchorage Police officers

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A 32-year-old man was arrested Sunday after shooting at Anchorage Police officers.

Just after midnight on Sunday, an Impaired Driving Enforcement officer stopped Jarel M. Paulk after the officer saw Paulk drift his vehicle across four lanes of Southbound traffic on Gambell Street, before turning into the parking lot of First National Bank. A mid-shift officer arrived on scene shortly after.

A computer check showed that Paulk did not have insurance and his license was revoked. He was given citations for both violations, and was told his vehicle was going to be impounded.

Paulk, and the adult female passenger with him began walking away from the scene.

According to a press release from APD, while they were walking away, the pair were "verbally expressing their displeasure with the situation."

At the same time, an unrelated vehicle pulled into the bank parking lot, causing both officers to look over.

“Just then, at 1:29 AM, a shot was fired at the officers from the direction Paulk and his passenger had just been at; a tree was hit near where the officers were standing,” states the release. “The officers immediately took cover and another shot was fired in their direction.”

Luckily, none of the officers were hurt in the shooting.

All available officers were called to the scene and set up a perimeter around the area, but couldn’t find Paulk and his companion. The perimeter was taken down just after 2:30 in the morning.

That evening, APD received a tip about Paulk’s possible whereabouts in Mountain View. When officers arrived at the address on Bunn Street, they spotted Paulk and his female companion. The officers handcuffed Paulk despite his continued resistance, and he was taken into custody at 5:24 p.m. Police found Paulk's weapon under a nearby car.

Paulk’s companion was taken to custody at the same time and brought to APD for questioning. She was not charged.

Paulk was charged with two counts of Assault III, Misconduct Involving a Weapon II, Misconduct Involving a Weapon III-Felon in Possession, and Resisting Arrest.

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