Police seek shooting suspect

Posted: Friday, March 17, 2006

Police have obtained an arrest warrant charging a 21-year-old man with four felonies relating to a drive-by shooting that occurred Sunday morning on Jennifer Drive in the Mendenhall Valley.

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Joshua Wade Dutton was still at large Thursday, Juneau Police Capt. Tom Porter said.

"Obviously we haven't seen him, and he knows we're looking for him," Porter said.

The warrant was issued Tuesday, charging Dutton with weapons misconduct in the first, second and third degrees. It also charges him with third-degree assault. Dutton is charged with two counts of misdemeanor reckless endangerment.

According to court records, a witness who went with Dutton to the shooting scene on Sunday later told police that Dutton had told him where he could find a man who vandalized the witness's red Pontiac Grand Am. The witness also reported to police that he believed the suspected vandal had threatened his mother and thrown a glass at her.

The witness said he didn't know Dutton had a gun until he pulled it from under the seat and attempted to shoot it without the clip, court records show. After putting the clip in the gun, Dutton fired two shots out the window, the witness told police, according to court records.

At that point, the witness told Dutton to get out of his car, and Dutton ran off, according to police.

Officers received a report at 7:45 a.m. Sunday that someone from a red Pontiac Grand Am shot at a Jennifer Drive home. Responding officers found two spent 9 mm rounds in the driveway. A woman living behind the Jennifer Drive house on Forest Lane said she was almost struck by a bullet that went through a wall of her home. Police found the bullet in an inside wall, according to court records.

Police describe Dutton as 6 feet tall, weighing 230 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Court records show that Dutton was convicted last fall of a misdemeanor drug charge and attempted third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, and was to spend three years on probation after serving his five-month sentence.

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