Man with tattooed eyeball arrested and charged

A man with a tattooed eyeball, face and skull has appeared in an American court charged with shooting at police, stealing cars and robbing homes to fund his drug habit.

The 37-year-old man was arrested on attempted murder and assault charges after authorities say he exchanged gunfire with police at an Anchorage hotel.

Anchorage Police Chief Mark Mew said at a news conference he could only speculate on why Jason Barnum started firing at officers from a hotel room bathroom.

He said Barnum was a heroin user who showed symptoms of drug use after the incident which took place last week.

“Someone just blasting away from behind a door, that’s unusual,” Mew said. “And of course they responded in kind, rather quickly.”

A police officer who was working on a burglary investigation was said to be wounded during the exchange.

Jason Walter Barnum was arrested after his release from a hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his arm.

The heavily tattooed Anchorage man was later held on $500,000 cash-only bail.

Three officers were investigating vehicle break-ins and burglaries in south Anchorage.

Barnum, who said he had not worked in the past six months was appointed a public defender.

by Sasha Dubronitz

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