Man who shot Anchorage officer gets 22 years in prison

Jason Barnum was arraigned Friday, September 14, 2012, at the Anchorage Jail for attempted murder and other charges. Barnum was arrested at the scene of a shooting at the Merrill Field Inn on Thursday. | Marc Lester

(SOURCE)   A man who pleaded guilty to shooting at Anchorage police officers investigating a string of burglaries in fall 2012 was sentenced to 22 years in prison Friday in Anchorage Superior Court.

Deputy district attorney Clint Campion said Jason Barnum, 39, pleaded guilty to attempted murder, a consolidated first-degree burglary charge and third-degree weapons misconduct. The attempted-murder charge carried the most severe penalty, 20 years.

Previous appearance: On Friday, Barnum pleaded guilty to attempted murder, a consolidated first-degree burglary charge and third-degree weapons misconduct. Above, Barnum during a previous court appearance

Previous appearance: On Friday, Barnum pleaded guilty to attempted murder, a consolidated first-degree burglary charge and third-degree weapons misconduct. Above, Barnum during a previous court appearance

 

Barnum was charged with 33 criminal counts after shooting an Anchorage police officer in September 2012 at a hotel near Merrill Field airport. He later admitted to stealing cars and burglarizing homes to feed a heroin addiction.

Police were investigating those break-ins when Barnum opened fire from a bathroom at the Merrill Field Inn, according to an Anchorage Daily News story at that time. Two officers shot back, striking Barnum in the right arm.

An officer was injured in the gunfire but had been expected to return to work days later.

Criminal: But while he was at the motel, officers noticed a car linked to the burglaries  and went to Barnum's room, at which point he opened fire. Above, Barnum in an online photo (left) and at court in 2012 (right)

Criminal: But while he was at the motel, officers noticed a car linked to the burglaries and went to Barnum’s room, at which point he opened fire. Above, Barnum in an online photo

 

Barnum has a nickname, “Eyeball,” from a tattoo that darkens the white of his right eye.

A District Court judge in 2012 set Barnum’s bail at $500,000, and he has remained jailed since the shooting, which was followed by a two-hour standoff. His criminal history includes convictions for burglary, forgery and resisting arrest.

 

 

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