The shooting of a prosecutor in America's northernmost community appears to have been more connected to the victim's love life than his work, police say—although Assistant District Attorney Brian Sullivan had arraigned suspect Ronald Fischer on at least one of several domestic violence charges he faced this year in Barrow, Alaska. In a charging document, police say Fischer shot Sullivan in the face with a shotgun in a rage over the prosecutor's relationship with Mabel Kaleak, the estranged mother of his children, the AP reports. Sullivan and Kaleak had recently started dating, and police say that after seeing them together at a gym, Fischer went to Kaleak's home and shot Sullivan as he sat on a sofa. The 47-year-old, who was on bail for three separate cases, had been ordered to stay more than 100 feet away from the home.
Sullivan removed himself as prosecutor from cases involving Fischer when he began seeing Kaleak a few weeks ago, he told police in late November after Fischer allegedly slashed Kaleak's tires, reports Alaska Dispatch News. Court records show that Fischer allegedly punched Kaleak in the face in September—and when police turned up to arrest him, he threatened them and used his 6-year-old daughter as a shield. Fischer was seen sobbing at a hearing yesterday, where he was arraigned on a charge of first-degree murder. His lawyer in the previous cases says he knew Sullivan well and will no longer be representing Fischer. (Read more Alaska stories.)