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Home Depot shooting case under review

Posted: October 30, 2013 - 8:32pm

No charges have been filed in a summer shooting at the Kenai Home Depot parking lot.

District Attorney Scot Leaders said the case is being reviewed at his office.

According to a July Kenai police press release, Ezekiel Johnston, 25, of Kenai allegedly shot Cole Sprinkle, 23, of Wasilla three times with a handgun on July 23 just after 6:30 p.m.

Johnston had called 911 and told dispatch he was being chased by someone, confirmed by law enforcement as Sprinkle, who was going to beat him up.

Shortly after Johnston’s report, police received calls about a shooting at Home Depot.

Police discovered Sprinkle had been an occupant in a Chevy pickup pursuing Johnston who was driving a Honda car.

The chase ended in the parking lot, and Sprinkle got out of the pickup and tried to get in the driver’s side of the Honda. Sprinkle smashed the driver’s side window with his fist after failing to get in the car. During the altercation, Johnston allegedly shot Sprinkle three times, according to the release.

Sprinkle was treated at Central Peninsula Hospital for his injuries.

— Staff report

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Norseman
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Norseman 10/31/13 - 06:00 am
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Over 3 months and NO charges

Over 3 months and NO charges filed? Incompetence.......

Bremar
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Bremar 10/31/13 - 06:08 am
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Or maybe no charges need to

Or maybe no charges need to be filed? Guy called police for help, attack continued and got worse- he did what he had to do protecting himself and his family.

ak1979
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ak1979 10/31/13 - 06:47 am
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no charges

I agree, nor should there be any charges. Mr. Sprinkle is lucky he is alive. I would have only needed to shot him once, and he would have died before he hit the ground. This has all the makings of drug related issues. No wonder Mr. Johnston was armed.

Suss
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Suss 10/31/13 - 08:18 am
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Charges would cost

The most likely outcome would be charging the person that was shot, that said, the medical bills have to be staggering. If he were to have been put in custody back when, the State of Alaska would have paid for those medical bills. Multiple surgeries, long term physical therapy and rehab. I don't think there was a critical need to arrest anyone and there are valid reasons to not arrest and thoroughly examine the evidence. Wait and watch is wiser than getting all froggy and jumping to a place that was not necessary.

Suss
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Suss 10/31/13 - 10:03 am
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Choose Wisely

Glock Paper Scissors

jlmh
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jlmh 10/31/13 - 11:03 pm
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"Sprinkle was treated at

"Sprinkle was treated at Central Peninsula Hospital for his injuries."

Really? No word on his prognosis? It's not like he sprained his ankle. The guy was shot thrice in the chest. I think that warrants a little more detail, like mentioning whether or not he pulled through and lived. I guess it's implied that he lived. Just seems that an article like this could give a little hint, like he's in a coma, or he's recovering in the hospital, or he's all better now and went on his merry way months ago.

akal
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akal 11/01/13 - 09:24 am
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self defense

some people don't believe we should have the right to self defense. there is one in the white house that thinks this way and seemingly one on this forum.

MeO
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MeO 11/04/13 - 10:20 am
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self defense

The one in the White House - OBUMMER - thinks you should not be able to defend you and your family with a gun and at the same time has an unknown number of guns defending him and his family...

Funny how that works...

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