Fairbanks man shot to death at apartment

Posted: Friday, March 02, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks police are speculating that a man fatally shot at a Sophie Station Apartment early Thursday was killed when he mistakenly charged into an apartment he may have thought to be his own and confronted the resident.

Police said the resident who shot the man called dispatch at about 12:15 a.m., stating an unknown man was kicking at his door and demanding to be let in.

Just minutes later, dispatch received another call from the same man requesting an ambulance because he had shot 33-year-old Dennis H. Davis.

Police are not releasing the name of the shooter until a decision whether to press charges has been made, Fairbanks Detective Sgt. Dan Hoffman said. The incident has been forwarded to District Attorney's office, which will decide whether the shooting was justified.

Hoffman said Davis had lived at the apartment complex only one week, while the shooter had lived there for much longer. Their similar apartment locations, situated near stairwells, suggests that Davis had gone to the other man's apartment and thought it was his own.

''He may have gone in the wrong entryway and thought he was in the right apartment,'' Hoffman said. Alcohol and medication may be a factor, but Hoffman said it won't be confirmed until he receives Davis' autopsy results.

The shooter told police that Davis was outside his apartment and making verbal threats, Hoffman said. After Davis kicked in the door, the shooter warned him numerous times to stop and that he had a gun, Detective Aaron Ring said.

The shooter backed into his apartment before firing a single shot from his .45 caliber handgun into Davis' chest and killing him, Ring said.

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