Grand jury rules parlor shooting was self-defense

Posted: Friday, April 13, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks grand jury has decided that it was self-defense when a man fatally shot another man at a massage parlor March 31, according to Alaska State Troopers.

''It's done, it's over,'' said Capt. Mike Stickler, trooper detachment commander. ''Whether we agree with it or not, that was done by the grand jury ... We took our best shot, it was a good investigation. Sometimes things don't work out.''

Troopers wouldn't release the name of the shooter who killed Brad Simanski, 36, because the man wasn't charged with a crime.

''When the grand jury failed to indict, the case is closed,'' trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said. ''The person gets to retain their good name in the community.'' The grand jury made its decision Wednesday.

''I'm very upset that it's self-defense,'' said Cassandra Simanski, Simanski's 18-year-old daughter. ''This just does not make any sense at all. I'm confused as to why all this even happened.''

The shooting was reported shortly before 4 a.m. on March 31. Simanski died about six hours later.

Paramedics found Simanski in the parking lot outside the massage parlor with gunshot wounds in his thigh, abdomen and arm.

Cassandra Simanski said her boyfriend, her father and a co-worker from Lockheed Martin had visited the massage parlor, but it was a co-worker who was the prospective customer and had instigated the fight.

Also injured in the shooting was Harold Parker, 48, who was treated and released from Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for a gunshot wound in the abdomen. Troopers said Parker and Simanski didn't know each other.

Simanski was a full-time avionics mechanic at Eielson Air Force Base for nine years and had been in the military for nearly 19 years.

A massage parlor employee said manager Ramiz Bordonici was out of town and couldn't comment on the grand jury findings.



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