Micah Nelson. (Courtesy Photo | Juneau Police Department)

Micah Nelson. (Courtesy Photo | Juneau Police Department)

Suspected Thanksgiving shooter faces felony charges

Micah Nelson charged with assault, weapons misconduct

A Juneau man accused of a shooting on Thanksgiving was indicted Thursday on seven felony accounts, according to court records.

A Juneau grand jury charged Micah W. Nelson, 27, with one charge of first-degree assault, one charge of second-degree assault, three counts of third-degree assault and two counts of third-degree weapons misconduct, according to the indictment. Four of those assault charges are for the alleged shooting of a 46-year-old man, and one assault charge is for making a woman feel frightened on the same day. The two weapons charges are for Nelson — who has a previous felony conviction — having a 9 mm handgun and a .69 flintlock pistol, the indictment states.

According to electronic court records, Nelson’s previous felony convictions are for drug possession and reckless driving.

Nelson was arrested Dec. 2, more than a week after a shooting occurred on Thanksgiving that landed the 46-year-old man in the hospital. The shooting happened in the 1000 block of Coogan Drive and was believed to be connected to the sale of narcotics, according to a Juneau Police Department release. The victim was in stable condition within hours of the shooting, police said at the time.

He had two felony warrants out for his arrest, for probation and parole violations, in addition to being the suspect in the shooting, police said at the time. Police nearly arrested Nelson when he was spotted near Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School on Nov. 27. The school went into “stay put” mode, keeping students were not allowed to leave the building. JPD Lt. Krag Campbell said at the time that it was just a precaution, and that there wasn’t any indication that Nelson was armed or dangerous at that time.

Police arrested Nelson a few days later at a home in the 1000 block of Glacier Highway, JPD’s release said.

• Contact reporter Alex McCarthy at 523-2271 or amccarthy@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @akmccarthy.

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