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Man shot his wife in their Northeast Anchorage home, police say

An Anchorage man shot his wife in the head in Northeast Anchorage on Saturday night, police said.

Adam Fleischman, 33, is facing charges of first- and second-degree murder in the shooting of Cassondra Fleischman.

A neighbor called for help just before 11:30 p.m. because she said Adam Fleischman had shot his wife in their home on the 5900 block of East Sixth Avenue, according to charging documents filed Sunday against him. Police said in an online statement that the couple was involved in a “domestic dispute” before the shooting.

The neighbor told police that she called 911 right after Adam Fleischman had arrived at her doorstep with his two children. He’d asked if the kids could stay there for a bit, the charges said.

The neighbor, who was was friends with Cassondra Fleischman, said the couple had been having marital problems and that Adam Fleischman, who is a disabled veteran, had not been taking his mental health medications, according to the charges.

Inside the couple’s trailer, police found Cassondra Fleischman slumped against the wall in the bathroom, the charges said. She had a gunshot wound to her head.

Adam Fleischman was arrested outside the trailer without incident. He is facing a charge of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder. He’s being held at the Anchorage Correctional Complex and is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

This is the first homicide reported by Anchorage police for 2021. Last year, 18 people died from homicide, not including three men who were fatally shot by police.