Prosecutors add attempted murder charge to police stalking case

Prosecutors add attempted murder charge to police stalking case

A man charged with assault and stalking for trying to start a police shootout in a Kenai neighborhood is facing a new charge of first-degree attempted murder in the case.

Hugh A. Navarre, 65, was indicted on six counts Friday, including three counts of third-degree assault, first-degree stalking and one count of first-degree attempted murder.

Navarre was arrested April 15 on Redoubt Avenue with a handgun in his waistband shouting for police to shoot him, according to a police affidavit. 

The standoff was the culmination of a number of run-ins with police Navarre allegedly had that night.

Navarre reportedly followed an unmarked police vehicle to Kenai Police Department headquarters after spotting it conducting a traffic stop. Police allege Navarre got out of his car and confronted an officer in the unmarked vehicle with a handgun. When the officer took cover, Navarre left the scene, according to the affidavit.

Navarre was taken into custody later that night after police followed Navarre to a residential neighborhood, where he allegedly got out of his car holding a handgun and yelling at police to shoot him.

Navarre reportedly had a loaded .45-caliber handgun on him at the time of his arrest.

After his arrest, Navarre told police that he intended to get into a gun fight with officers but was waiting to start a shootout until he was in an area with fewer houses. Police reported that Navarre wanted to kill law enforcement because of grievances he had with unrelated government actions and because of interactions he had with police across the state.

At the time of his arrest, Navarre was charged with felony assault and stalking, as well as failing to stop at the direction of a police officer, misconduct involving a weapon and driving under the influence after allegedly following an unmarked police car through Kenai.

Navarre was indicted April 25 for first-degree attempted murder, an unclassified felony; three counts of third-degree assault, a class C felony; first-degree stalking, a class C felony; and failure to stop at the direction of a police officer, a class C felony.

Navarre is being held in Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

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