Update - from the Attorney General's Office:
An Anchorage grand jury last Wednesday indicted an Anchorage man suspected of shooting at two police officers near Eighteenth and Gambell Streets earlier this month.
Jarel Paulk, 32-years old, is charged with two counts of Attempted Assault in the First Degree, two counts of Assault in the Third Degree, two counts of Misconduct Involving Weapons in the Second Degree, two counts of Misconduct Involving Weapons in the Third Degree, and a single count of Resisting Arrest for acts alleged to have occurred on June 10. All charges but resisting arrest are felonies.
According to the charging document, Paulk resisted being taken into custody when APD officers attempted to detain him in relation to the earlier shooting. 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.
A trial date has not been set.
At 12:46 AM on Sunday, June 9, 2019, an Impaired Driving Enforcement Unit Officer (IDEU) conducted a traffic stop on a red Chevy Malibu in the parking lot of First National Bank at 1821 Gambell Street. The officer initiated the stop after witnessing the driver of the Malibu drift across all four southbound lanes before turning into the bank’s lot. A mid-shift officer arrived on scene shortly thereafter.
A computer check revealed that the driver, 32-year-old Jarel M. Paulk, did not have insurance and his driver’s license was revoked. Paulk was issued citations for both violations; he was then advised that his vehicle was going to be impounded. Paulk and the adult female passenger began walking away from the scene while verbally expressing their displeasure with the situation. An unrelated vehicle pulled into the bank parking lot which caused both officers to look over at it. 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. The officers immediately took cover and another shot was fired in their direction. Every available officer responded to the scene and set up a perimeter. A K9 track was conducted but neither Paulk nor the passenger were located and the perimeter was broken down at 2:42 AM. There were no injuries.&n bsp; Officers did not fire their weapons as they did not have a clear target in their sights.
At 5:14 PM officers received information regarding a possible location of both Paulk and his female companion in the Mountain View area. Officers saw the two outside on the 300-block of N Bunn Street. Paulk refused to comply with officer commands; several officers took Paulk to the ground where they were able to both handcuff him and put him into full restraints as Paulk continued to be physically combative. He was taken into custody at 5:24 PM. Paulk’s weapon was found discarded underneath a car near where he had been standing.
The female passenger was taken into custody at the same time and location without incident. Both were transported to the Anchorage Police Department for questioning by detectives. Paulk was remanded at the Anchorage Jail on two counts of Assault III, Misconduct Involving a Weapon II, Misconduct Involving a Weapon III – Felon in Possession, and Resisting Arrest. The passenger was not charged.