(THE AGE) — A man covered in tattoos, including skeletons, skulls and a tattooed eyeball, has appeared in an American court charged with robbing homes and stealing cars to fund his drug habit.

The 37-year-old man was arrested on attempted murder and assault charges after authorities say he exchanged gunfire with police at an Anchorage hotel, wounding an officer who was working on a burglary investigation.

Jason Walter Barnum was arrested after his release from a hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his arm.

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