Fairbanks man shot accidentally

Posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2000

FAIRBANKS -- An 18-year-old Fairbanks man was in satisfactory condition at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Monday with a bullet wound. Police say he was shot accidentally with a stolen .357 revolver by a Fort Wainwright soldier Sunday night.

Pvt. Travis B. Fletcher, 19, has been charged with assault in the shooting of John Brand at Fletcher's home, according to a criminal complaint.

Brand had surgery to remove his spleen and also suffered a punctured lung, Fairbanks Police Detective Aaron Ring said.

Fletcher knew the gun was loaded, had cocked the hammer back and tried to lower it when he shot Brand, a civilian, according to Ring.

''I know he was just playing with that one (gun),'' Ring said.

Fletcher is also charged with two counts of third-degree misconduct involving a weapon and three counts of second-degree theft for allegedly purchasing three guns he knew were stolen, the criminal complaint said.

Fletcher has been stationed at Fort Wainwright since February and is originally from New Britain, Conn, according to post spokeswoman Linda Douglass.

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