Charges won't be filed in airport shootout involving Duluth man

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: January 31, 2008 - 10:25 PM

HOMER, Alaska — Federal attorneys said on Thursday they will not file criminal charges against law enforcement officers involved in a fatal shootout nearly two years ago at the Homer airport.

The incident involved Jason Karlo Jacob Anderson of Duluth, Minn., who killed himself after badly injuring his 2-year-old son by shooting the child in the face. A 6-month-old girl also in the vehicle was not wounded.

Authorities were trying to serve a federal arrest warrant on Anderson, 31, when witnesses said he began firing from his vehicle.

Authorities said Anderson was hit nine times by bullets before shooting himself in the head during the March 2006 incident.

A main question for federal prosecutors was whether the actions by law enforcement constituted a violation of Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable seizures.

"There is no reason to believe that any law enforcement officer acted willfully to violate the civil rights of Anderson or his son," U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Sullivan said in a statement. "In this case, a Fourth Amendment violation is not established and no federal criminal charges are warranted."

Anderson was wanted on federal drug-trafficking charges. He had been living under an alias in Alaska for nearly a year with a girlfriend and their two children, Darla and Jason Jr.

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