A 33-year-old Anchorage man, Gali Jr., has been charged with attempted murder in the first degree of a police officer. He has also been charged with assault in the first degree of a police officer, assault in the third degree of a police officer, and misconduct involving weapons in the third degree.
The charges follow an incident that took place on July 20 near the Centennial Park Campground at around 7:52 p.m.
Following the incident, District Court Judge David Nesbett issued a warrant for Gali Jr.’s arrest, setting bail at $1,000,000 cash.
Gali Jr. is now in custody in connection with the charges. If convicted, he faces a maximum possible sentence of 99 years for attempted murder in the first degree, 20 years for assault in the first degree, and five years for assault in the third degree and misconduct involving weapons in the third degree.
The crimes are alleged to have occurred on Wednesday evening at a campground that has been temporarily designated to serve Anchorage’s homeless community.
Following news of the incident, Mayor Dave Bronson released the following statement, noting that he and his wife are praying for the officer who was shot.
MAYOR BRONSON’S STATEMENT
Deb and I are praying for the officer who was shot last night.
The officer is expected to make a full recovery.
Anchorage Police Department Chief Kerle stated last night during the APD press conference that two Anchorage Police Officers were conducting a security check at Centennial Campground when they encountered an adult male who was suspected of an earlier eluding.
The suspect had a felony warrant and is a career criminal.
This was an officer-initiated contact because of criminal activity that happened elsewhere.
It’s unfortunate that APD found him at Centennial, but I thank God that the officer who was shot is expected to make a full recovery and the suspect was apprehended.
Safety and protection for everyone who lives in Anchorage is a priority no matter where they are at which includes safe sheltering for those who choose to camp outside.
And last night’s incident is a testament to our brave men and women in law enforcement who are willing to go anywhere to protect residents and to stop people who break the law.
If you see criminal activity anywhere in the city, please call APD.
I will always stand behind our law enforcement as they put their lives on the line to protect and serve our great city every single day.