Money dispute prompts early a.m. gunshots in the valley

JPD: Jack Joseph Paine Jr. arrested for weapons misconduct

A man was arrested Thursday morning after allegedly firing three rounds from a 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol in the 400 block of Slate Drive a little before 2 a.m.

Police said there were no reported injuries.

“Nobody was hurt and it appears as though no property was damaged, but we are still investigating the case,” Juneau Police Department spokesman Lt. David Campbell said.

According to police, Jack Joseph Paine Jr., 29, was arrested shortly after three separate 911 callers reported hearing gunshots around 1:47 a.m. in the area of Slate Drive, which is off Mendenhall Loop Road.

Responding police officers located witnesses on scene, and found out the suspect was reportedly driving a gold station wagon, according to police.

Police said they located the station wagon speeding at about 70 miles per hour inbound on Egan Drive near Channel Vista Drive at about 2:12 a.m.

Officers pulled over the vehicle, which had three occupants — Paine, a 26-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman — in the parking lot of the Marine Tech Center across from Juneau Douglas High School, according to police.

An investigation revealed there was a dispute about money, which allegedly prompted Paine to shoot off the three rounds. The details of the argument are still unknown at this point, Campbell said.

Paine was arrested on suspicion of third-degree weapons misconduct, two counts of fourth-degree weapons misconduct and interfering with a police officer. He was taken to jail and is being held without bail, police said.

The names of the two other occupants of the station wagon were not released. Campbell said they were not charged with any crimes, although it is possible they could be at a later time.

“The investigation is not complete,” Campbell said.

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