Emergency lights flash on top of a police car. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Emergency lights flash on top of a police car. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Man arrested after firing flare gun at police during foot chase downtown

JPD gets numerous calls after pursuit near Franklin Dock on Friday night

This story has been updated with details about the defendant’s initial court appearance.

A man who fired a flare gun at police during a foot chase in downtown Juneau on Friday night was arrested without injury to officers or bystanders, according to the Juneau Police Department.

Anthony Christopher Perry, 60, was approached on South Franklin Street in the area of the Franklin Dock at about 8:05 p.m. by JPD officers trying to serve arrest warrants on him, a notice posted on the department’s Facebook page states.

“Perry did not comply with officers when they told him he was under arrest and attempted to run from the area,” the post states. “At one point, Perry pulled out a flare gun and fired it at the officers, but nobody was hit.”

Police caught Perry after further pursuit and restrained him using a taser, JPD reported. No officers were injured.

“Perry sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for evaluation,” the post states. “Perry was later taken to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on the two arrest warrants, as well as additional charges of assault and resisting arrest.”

The original charges include a $10,000 misdemeanor warrant for violating conditions of release on the original charges of theft in the first degree and burglary, and a $500 misdemeanor warrant for violating conditions of release on the original charges of resisting arrest and three counts of assault in the fourth degree.

“Following the arrest, JPD received multiple calls asking if there had been a shooting or if there was any public safety concern,” the department’s post states. “The only shot fired was from the flare gun discharged by Perry and there is no public safety concern at this time.”

A felony first appearance for Perry took place Saturday at the Juneau Courthouse on two charges of third-degree assault involving a weapon, a class C felony; one charge of third-degree escape involving removing or tampering with electronic monitoring, a class C felony; one charge of resisting or interfering with arrest by force, a class A misdemeanor; and one charge of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor offense, a class B misdemeanor.

Perry was assigned a public defender during the initial appearance and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 3.

• Contact Mark Sabbatini at mark.sabbatini@juneauempire.com or (907) 957-2306

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