Kenai man charged with Beluga murder

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2004

A 31-year-old Kenai man was arrested in connection with a murder in a Beluga tavern Monday night.

Shawn Rogers was charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Brian Black, 43, of Beluga, to death.

Alaska State Troopers received a call at 11:23 p.m., saying Black had been shot in the chest while the two men were at Fat Albert's Tavern and Bunkhouse in Beluga, north of Tyonek.

Troopers and emergency medical responders flew to the west side of Cook Inlet and took custody of Rogers, who reportedly had been restrained by other bar patrons using trouser belts to tie him up.

Black had been killed by one gunshot to the chest and investigators found little blood at the scene, indicating he died almost instantly, according to troopers. His body will be flown to Anchorage for an autopsy by the state medical examiner.

Investigators from the Alaska Bureau of Investigation recovered a handgun believed to have been used in the shooting.

Trooper spokesperson Greg Wilkinson said no other details about the weapon are being released at this time, pending the investigation.

A motive for the shooting has not been determined, but the two men knew each other, according to troopers.

Rogers was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on the murder charge and for an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court on a charge of driving without a valid driver's license.

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