Alaska man charged in shooting of Fairbanks police officer
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A 29-year-old man suspected of shooting an Alaska police officer was charged Wednesday with attempted murder, felony assault, theft of a patrol car and other counts.
Anthony George Jenkins-Alexie is charged in the wounding Sunday of Sgt. Allen Brandt, an 11-year veteran of the Fairbanks Police Department.
Brandt is recovering from gunshot wounds.
Jenkins-Alexie has a lengthy criminal history in Anchorage and Fairbanks tied to alcohol consumption but just one previous felony conviction.
Brandt on Sunday responded in his patrol car to shots fired in a residential neighborhood.
Police say Brandt stopped and Jenkins-Alexie opened fire, hitting him four times in the lower body and once in the chest, which was protected by body armor.
Associated Press researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this report.