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Suspect in shooting of Fairbanks, Alaska police officer arrested

Anthony George Jenkins-Alexie was taken into custody after the shooting of Sgt. Allen Brandt.

By Ed Adamczyk
Suspect in shooting of Fairbanks, Alaska police officer arrested
George Anthony Jenkins-Alexie was arrested and charged with attempted murder and other offenses in the shooting of Fairbanks, Alaska, police officer Sgt. Allen Brandt. Photo courtesy of Fairbanks Police Department

FAIRBANKS, Alaska, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A suspect in the weekend shooting of a Fairbanks, Alaska, police officer was arrested and charged, officials said.

Anthony George Jenkins-Alexie, 29, an Anchorage resident with a long criminal history, was arrested Tuesday morning in Fairbanks on charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, vehicle theft, second-degree theft and tampering with physical evidence.

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He is accused of shooting a police officer, Sgt. Allen Brandt, who responded to a call early Sunday morning of shots being fired. The suspect allegedly shot Brandt five times in the lower body and chest, then stole his police car, abandoned it several blocks away and escaped on foot.

Brandt also sustained leg injuries and was hit by shrapnel in one eye; he was airlifted to Anchorage for treatment and was in stable condition Tuesday, Fairbanks Police spokeswoman Yumi McCulluch said.

Jenkins-Alexie has five criminal convictions in the past three years, for unlawful evasion, misdemeanor assault and three DUI offenses within four months in 2013, court records indicate. Brad Johnson, acting Fairbanks police chief, said Jenkins-Alexie had previously made threats against police officers. Johnson added the suspect's "own admissions and significant corroborating evidence" indicate there is no continuing threat to the community or to law enforcement officers.

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