UPDATE: Defendant in jury trial arrested after allegedly removing handgun from Fairbanks courtroom

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Update:

According to a Fairbanks Police officer, there was an incident in Judge McConahy’s courtroom 305 of the Rabinowitz Courthouse around 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning. (John Dougherty/KTVF)

A defendant in a jury trial is accused of taking a hand gun that was evidence in the trial and leaving the courtroom Tuesday Morning.

Sergeant Charles Inderrieden with Judicial Services confirmed that the defendant took the gun during a court recess and walked out of the courtroom and then out of the building. The in court clerk notified Judicial Services and they apprehended the suspect outside of the court building. She was later arrested for the incident.

Tiffany Flenaugh was currently in the middle of a criminal jury trial in front of Judge McConahy, where she had been charged with three counts of third degree assault resisting arrest by force, weapons misconduct 5, violating conditions of release and weapons misconduct 4.

It is unclear how the trial will proceed.

Sgt. Inderrieden said that Judicial Services is reviewing their policy to ensure that something like this does not happen in the future and called the incident a fluke.

Flenaugh was not in custody during the trial and there were no Judicial Services officers in the courtroom when the incident took place.

According to Inderrieden, Judicial Services was not aware that the gun was in the courtroom at the time. They said they have made changes and agencies are now required to let Judicial Services know when they bring a gun into the courthouse.

Original story:

According to a Fairbanks Police officer, there was an incident in Judge McConahy’s courtroom 305 of the Rabinowitz Courthouse around 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Judicial Services, Alaska State Troopers and Fairbanks Police Department responded to the scene.

At the time of the incident there was a jury trial being conducted for Tiffany Flenaugh. Flenaugh is charged with three counts of third degree assault, resisting arrest by force, weapons misconduct 5, violating conditions of release and weapons misconduct 4.

It is unclear who caused the disturbance, law enforcement was still on scene at the court building at 1:20 p.m.

According to one judicial services officer on scene, the situation was under control and there was no risk to the public.

This is a developing situation we will have more information as it becomes available.

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