A man has been charged with attempted murder after Anchorage police said they shot an officer who stopped him during a pursuit Saturday night.
Joseph R. Fagundes, 32, also faces numerous assaults and weapons misconduct in Saturday’s encounter. Court records show charges include assault, escape and kidnapping.
Around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, officers were told that Fagundes had threatened to harm his ex-girlfriend and himself, according to a police statement. Police also learned that Fagundes was driving a gold jeep with his compass. Officers then found the Jeep in East Anchorage.
“When the driver (later identified as Fagundes) noticed a police vehicle, he began running red lights near (East) 15th Street and Córdoba Street,” a police statement said. “Because of his dangerous driving behavior, the officers did not give chase.”
About 30 minutes later, in South Anchorage near Hilltop Drive and West Clutt Road, a patrol sergeant saw a Jeep heading towards him. retreated. Police said the sergeant pinned the vehicle to a snowdrift to stop the pursuit.
“The sergeant got out of his patrol car and after giving orders to Fagundes several times, heard the jeep firing at him,” police said. “The sergeant went into hiding and notified the responding unit.”
Police said the sergeant was not shot and did not fight back because he could not see a clear target. Responding officers found Fagandes under a trampoline nearly 900 blocks from Allison Court. Next to the gun was reportedly stolen in November from a locked pickup truck parked on East 87th Street.
Fagundes’ bail was originally set at $250,000 on Sunday, according to court records. He was detained at the Anchorage Correctional Facility on Tuesday.
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