Police say drunken target practice led to Saturday arrest

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 12:58

UPDATE (Tuesday, Dec. 5)

Police said a 28-year-old man was arrested after a drunken target practice session in Eagle River on Saturday, Dec. 2.

According to APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad, police were called to a location on Lazy Street at around 10:38 a.m. for a report of multiple shots being fired. When officers arrived, they found several neighbors standing outside, including one who said he may have heard a bullet go over his head. Police searched the area and located a man in the back of the home where the shots were coming from.

Police ordered the man — identified as 28-year-old Jeremy B. Lawson — to walk toward them. He did so and was taken into custody.

Police said Lawson was intoxicated and had been shooting at cups he’d lined up in his back yard. Officers found bullet holes in a retaining wall and fence behind Lawson’s home. He was charged with reckless endangerment, second- and fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Oistad said when media outlets contacted APD about the incident Saturday afternoon, an arrest had not yet been made.

ORIGINAL STORY (Saturday, Dec. 2):

No arrests were made after police responded to a report of shots fired in Eagle River Saturday morning.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Nora Morse, police were called to the 1100 block of Lazy Street at around 10:38 a.m. Within two minutes, mulitiple officers began responding to the scene to investigate, but Morse said there were no reported injuries and no arrests were made.

Morse said rumors of a police helicopter on scene were unfounded, as APD does not have a helicopter. She said a helicopter was apparently seen in the area — they’re not uncommon in Eagle River — but its presence had nothing to do with the police call.

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