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Man arrested after shooting and standoff in East Anchorage

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 2
  • Published January 1

A 29-year-old man who barricaded himself inside an East Anchorage apartment early New Year’s Day is in custody after a shooting that seriously injured another man, police said.

Jerod Alexander was remanded at the Anchorage jail Wednesday on multiple charges including assault, misconduct involving weapons and trespassing.

Around 6 a.m. Wednesday, police said in an alert that SWAT officers were responding to the area of East Fourth Avenue between Sitka Street and Tetlin Street, near Merrill Field Airport.

Officers were called to Cherries on 5th, a nightclub at 1911 E. Fifth Ave., around 3:40 a.m., according to charges. Security cameras from a nearby business showed numerous people were fighting in the street before a man dressed in red fired shots at another man, the charges said.

The victim was taken to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery for gunshot wounds to his legs, charges said. He was in critical condition but was expected to survive, police said.

Surveillance video showed the shooter, who police later identified as Alexander, running into an apartment building on the 1900 block of East Fourth Avenue, charges said. Police at the time said they believed he was armed and that he refused to leave the apartment or comply with commands from officers. During the SWAT response, police had established a perimeter and temporarily closed nearby roads.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the initial fight.

Alexander appeared in court Thursday for an arraignment hearing and is being held on a $75,000 bond. A warrant was issued for his arrest in July on an unrelated case after he failed to return to a halfway house, charges said.