Fairbanks woman attempts to shoot ex-boyfriend in AST parking lot

Published: May. 12, 2020 at 1:43 PM AKDT
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Alaska State Troopers were contacted Sunday morning about a shooting that took place in their parking lot. According to charging documents, Julie Ann James, 26, of Fairbanks allegedly got in a fight with her ex-boyfriend and then tried to shoot him.

The report said that James’ ex-boyfriend had broken up with her earlier that week but was driving her to run an errand. While in the car, they began arguing about their relationship and telling him, that she had a gun and was going to kill herself.

James told the man that they needed to talk more and ordered him to keep talking since she had a gun. She also allegedly said that they were not going to be done talking until she said they were and that she would kill him if he didn’t comply.

The boyfriend continued to drive around eventually going to the Alaska State Troopers/DMV parking lot in hopes of getting help. The victim repeatedly asked James to leave the vehicle so he could go home. He also rolled down the windows in hopes of someone hearing them.

Charging documents say that he began recording the incident with his phone. Troopers say that the video shows James screaming that she is going to kill him and then herself. She eventually produced a revolver and pointed it at his chest.

The victim attempted to wrestle the gun away from her and it went off, shooting the floorboard of the car. James then exited the vehicle and ran into the woods while the victim called Troopers.

They located James and charged her with attempted murder in the first degree, kidnapping, third degree assault, violations of conditions of release and misconduct involving a weapon in the fourth degree.

James had been previously charged with domestic violence against the victim and was under orders not to contact him.

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