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Flare gun sets fire in Anchorage trailer

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man burst into his ex-wife's trailer home Monday morning with a flare gun, firing two shots that struck her fiance and set the residence ablaze, police said.

Douglas Goldsmith, 49, was pulled out of the burning trailer more than two hours later by the Anchorage Police Department's Crisis Intervention Response Team. He had crawled underneath a bunk bed in an addition as the fire burned in the main part of the residence.

Marlon Cloud, 40, said he was in bed about 11:30 a.m. with his fiancee, Sandra Mosquito, 39. Their son Jamie, 12, was asleep on the floor.

''I heard the front door get kicked in, so I stand up,'' Cloud said. ''He shot me, and the fire started. Then he ran into the kitchen trying to reload the flare gun. I went toward him to try to stop him, you know, try and grab it from him, but I seen he already had it loaded, so I turned around and he shot me again in the back.''

Cloud ran out the front door, followed by his fiancee and son. They yelled at a mail carrier, who ran to the trailer park office and called 911.

No one saw Goldsmith exit the home. Police reached the scene and stood behind firefighters with their guns drawn for about two hours as firefighters battled the flames from the exterior.

The fire gutted the trailer's main interior, but a 10-foot-wide addition on the north side was barely damaged.

Four officers found Goldsmith in the addition under a bed in a couple of inches of water, said Sgt. Darrel Redick. A 12-inch knife was found next to Goldsmith, and he had an apparent stab wound on his stomach.

Police spokeswoman Anita Shell said Goldsmith will face criminal charges when he is released from Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Cloud suffered burns to his chest and back from the flares but was not hospitalized.

The divorce between Goldsmith and Sandra Mosquito was finalized May 7, Cloud said.

Deputy Fire Chief Bridget Bushue estimated damage to the trailer at $100,000.



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