FAIRBANKS — Prosecutors withdrew both felony charges that had been filed against a Fairbanks man accused of firing a handgun at a moving police vehicle last month.
Robert Donald Carlson remains incarcerated, however, on a pending misdemeanor domestic violence charge.
Prosecutors originally sought to charge Carlson, 28, with attempted murder and first-degree assault after a Fairbanks police officer reported his police SUV was struck by a bullet fired from the second story of Carlson’s house in Birchwood Homes.
A Fairbanks grand jury declined to indict Carlson on either felony charge, leading to the decision to drop the charges. Because the grand jury rejected the charges, it is unlikely prosecutors will be able to refile the charge in state court, Fairbanks District Attorney Michael Gray said by email.
Carlson was still in jail on a misdemeanor assault charge as of Monday evening. To be released he would need to post a $5,000 bond and find a court-approved custodian to make sure he makes future court appearances.
Carlson is a staff sergeant stationed at Fort Wainwright and could still face military charges.
According to the criminal complaint Fairbanks police wrote at the time of Carlson’s arrest, Fairbanks police were responding to a report of domestic violence at Carlson’s home when shots were fired from Carlson’s second-story window. Carlson later came downstairs and surrendered.
He told police he hit his wife because he thought she was cheating on him and later fired on an approaching vehicle he thought belonged to his rival, according to the police report.
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