North Douglas woman arrested for shooting wildly, hitting parked cars

She believed her dog was killed

Police responded to a call Thursday morning regarding a woman actively shooting a gun outside her residence in North Douglas.

62-year-old Ruth Anne Simpson was located and arrested without incident after the Juneau Police Department received reports of gunfire at 9:23 a.m. on the 5500 block of Douglas Highway, said Lt. Krag Campbell in a press release.

An investigation determined Simpson was upset because she believed someone killed her dog. Officers determined Simpson had fired at least 11 rounds, aiming in the direction of North Douglas Highway, and she had shot at least two parked cars, one repeatedly, Campbell said.

The dog is OK, and being cared for by another member of the family, Campbell said. The firearm was a lever-action weapon chambered for .454 Casull.

Simpson was charged with weapons misconduct, reckless endangerment and two counts of criminal mischief.

She’s being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center for $3,500 bail, Campbell said.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757-621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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