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Man shot outside Chilkoot Charlie's; suspect in custody

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  • Updated: September 29, 2016
  • Published December 11, 2009

A shooting in the parking lot of Chilkoot Charlie's early Friday left a man hospitalized with multiple wounds and another man in jail after he was chased down by an Anchorage police dog, police said.

Joseph Brown Jr., 27, was shot in the arm and stomach outside the Spenard establishment, according to police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker. Brown underwent surgery Friday and his injuries "were not considered immediately life-threatening," Parker said in an e-mail.

Police said they arrested Eric Suggs, 35, after he stuck the gun in a vehicle and tried to flee east on Fireweed Lane.

Police officer Darrell Evans spotted Suggs near the intersection of Fireweed Lane and North Star Street and ordered him repeatedly to stop, police said. When he didn't, the officer released his dog, Jimmy Lee, and Suggs was taken into custody, police said.

Police were initially called to the shooting at 1:48 a.m. Witnesses told investigators events that led to the shooting began when Suggs got into an argument in the Chilkoot Charlie's parking lot with Louis Spencer, who is the cousin of the shooting victim. Police said Brown intervened in the argument, "making gestures like he wanted to get into a fist fight."

Witnesses said Suggs started shooting after Spencer pulled a knife. Suggs' first shots hit Brown. He also fired "in the general direction" of Spencer, but missed, according to the police.

That's when Suggs took off running down Fireweed, police said.

Suggs was charged with first-degree assault, weapons misconduct, resisting arrest and tampering with evidence. He was taken to the Anchorage Jail, with bail set at $50,000.

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