Press Release

Joseph Lock Indicted for Reckless Shooting

June 20, 2017

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) Today, 22-year-old Joseph Lock was indicted today for recklessly shooting a woman in her apartment on Mockingbird Drive in Anchorage on June 2, 2017. Lock was indicted on one count of assault in the first degree, a class A felony.

At approximately 1:54 a.m. on June 2, 2017, Anchorage Police officers responded to report of a woman who was shot. Officers found the victim who had a bullet enter her lower back and exit through her shoulder, puncturing her heart. The victim was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center for treatment. As a result of the gunshot wound, the woman is paralyzed below the waist.

The investigation revealed that the bullet came through the floor of the woman’s apartment following a party in the apartment below. Lock lived in the apartment below and was allegedly hosting a party there when the woman was shot. Lock told officers that he accidentally fired the round which struck the ceiling in his apartment.

If convicted at trial, Lock faces a sentence of five to nine years in prison for assault in the first degree. A defendant’s sentence is determined by the judge who must consider the circumstances of the offense, the impact on the victim and the community, and the potential for rehabilitation of the defendant. The charge in the indictment is only an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the District Attorney’s Office must prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Lock is in the custody of the Department of Corrections. He is being held on bail requiring $20,000 cash and a court-approved third party custodian. He is expected to be arraigned in Anchorage Superior Court on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 1:45 p.m.

CONTACT: District Attorney Clint Campion at (907) 269-6300 or clinton.campion@alaska.gov. More information about the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office is available at http://www.law.alaska.gov/department/criminal/adao.html.

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