Troopers say more than one weapon fired in Fairbanks shooting

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Eielson Air Force Base airman was killed Sunday after military personnel and civilians went to a mobile home to exact revenge for a fight involving soldiers the night before, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

Alaska State Trooper investigators are releasing few details regarding the death of Terry Lee Hachtel Jr., 19, but they did say he was outside a Lakeview Terrace mobile home when he was fatally shot in the chest at about 12:25 a.m. He died en route to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said numerous off-duty military personnel and several civilians went to the residence in the trailer park south of Fairbanks to exact revenge for a physical altercation involving soldiers the previous night.

When they arrived, troopers said, numerous individuals attempted to gain entry into the home.

More than one weapon was fired, troopers said.

''There was an exchange of gunfire, that's what the scene seems to say,'' said trooper Lt. Greg Tanner. ''There were shots fired from both inside and outside'' the trailer.

Investigators have identified and interviewed more than 20 people involved in the incident. They said privately owned firearms have been seized from both military personnel and occupants of the mobile home.

Hachtel, an airman first class working as a line delivery crew member with the 354th Munitions Flight, had been stationed at Eielson since November 2000, said Eielson spokesman Technical Sgt. Elton Price.

Tanner said the owner of the trailer, identified by park manager Sandy Farmer as David Causey, was home at the time of the shooting. There were no children present during the incident, Tanner said.

Troopers are still trying to determine the time frame in which events occurred.

Investigators from the state crime laboratory in Anchorage, Eielson Office of Special Investigations and Fort Wainwright Criminal Investigation Division canvassed the trailer both inside and out Monday.

Roughly 10 strings of green and orange yarn were strung up between the trailer, two wooden poles and a red Dodge Ram truck parked outside. Tanner would not confirm the use of the string but said yarn is sometimes used to map bullet trajectory.

A memorial service for Hachtel, a native of Roy, Utah, was scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday at the base chapel.

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