For Immediate Release
Fairbanks Man Indicted on Federal Gun Charges
Federal Gun Charges Filed in Connection with Shooting of Fairbanks Police Officer
Fairbanks, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that a Fairbanks man has been indicted on federal gun charges in connection with the October 2016 shooting of Fairbanks Police Officer Sergeant Allen Brandt.
Anthony Jenkins-Alexie, 30, of Fairbanks, was named in the indictment charging him with using a firearm during a crime of violence, stealing a firearm, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Jenkins-Alexie was arraigned on the federal charges earlier today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Scott Oravec.
According to the indictment, on Oct. 16, 2016, in Fairbanks, Jenkins-Alexie allegedly used and brandished firearms while forcefully stealing Sgt. Brandt’s police vehicle. It is further alleged that Jenkins-Alexie had forcibly taken one of these firearms from Sgt. Brandt, as well as stealing his vehicle. Jenkins-Alexie has a previous felony conviction with the State of Alaska, and was therefore prohibited from possessing firearms.
Currently, Jenkins-Alexie is also under indictment by the State of Alaska on murder charges arising out of the October 2016 shooting.
The Fairbanks Police Department, the North Pole Police Department, the Alaska State Troopers (AST), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Cooper.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.