Woman has life-threatening injuries after being shot by ex-boyfriend, Anchorage police say

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Published: Nov. 15, 2022 at 11:29 AM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A man was arrested and charged for shooting his ex-girlfriend in a Northeast Anchorage neighborhood Sunday night, according to a news release from the Anchorage Police Department.

Melecio R. Taong Jr., 43, is charged with first-degree assault and attempted murder.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting at 6:41 p.m. Sunday, diverting resources to two separate locations.

“While some officers went to the shooting scene, others went to the 1800-block of Kodiak Street where the suspect lives,” the release states.

Police said when officers arrived at Taong’s home on Kodiak Street, he came out with his hands up and a black handgun in a hip holster. Police quickly arrested him and took him in for questioning, where he was charged.

On Centennial Circle, adjacent to the Centennial Park campground, officers found a woman with life-threatening injuries. Police said that initial indications revealed that Taong and the woman, his ex-girlfriend, met up in a parking lot in separate vehicles and began arguing before Taong shot her in the upper body.

Police said Taoung “verbally threatened others who were nearby” before fleeing.