Wasilla man indicted on weapons charges

Posted: Monday, March 24, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Wasilla man who led Alaska State Troopers on a six-hour manhunt in June 2001 was charged by a grand jury last week in U.S. District Court with two counts of being a felon in possession of weapons.

Bret F. Maness was charged with possessing a semiautomatic rifle, a semiautomatic pistol and a bolt-action rifle, according to the indictment. He has several criminal convictions dating to 1988, according to a database of state records.

The manhunt closed parts of the Glenn Highway before troopers shot and wounded him.

According to the indictment, troopers went to Maness' home nearly two years ago to serve a court order but Maness drove off in his motor home. Troopers used a spike strip on the Glenn Highway to blow out the motor home's tires.

Maness ran into brush along the highway. When a police dog tracked him down, he pointed an assault rifle toward the officers, the indictment said.

An Anchorage police officer shot Maness in the shoulder and Maness was arrested. His arraignment was set for Monday.

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