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Anchorage man convicted of attempted murder in May shootings that led to police standoff

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: September 25, 2019
  • Published September 25, 2019

Police SWAT vehicles leave after the resolution of a standoff with an armed man Friday, May 17, 2019 in East Anchorage. (Matt Tunseth / ADN)

A 36-year-old Anchorage man was convicted Tuesday of two counts of attempted murder and nine other felonies for shooting into a neighbor’s mobile home where children were sleeping and then firing at police.

According to a statement from the Alaska attorney general’s office, a jury found Jose Miguel Contreras Evangelista guilty of two counts of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree misconduct involving weapons and seven counts of third-degree assault. The trial lasted three weeks.

Evangelista was arrested in the early morning of May 17 after he fired a handgun from his home in the Malaspina Mobile Home Park into a neighbor’s residence -- where two young children and others were staying -- and then shot at responding officers.

Nobody was struck by the gunfire.

Police evacuated neighboring homes and a SWAT team responded. Evangelista ignored commands to surrender, and the SWAT team deployed noise and flash devises, the statement says. Evangelista surrendered after a five-hour standoff.

Sentencing is scheduled for January in Anchorage Superior Court.