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Police: Resident, suspect shot in Fairbanks after attempted Thanksgiving Day burglary

  • Author: Zaz Hollander
  • Updated: November 23, 2018
  • Published November 23, 2018

A Thanksgiving Day home invasion in Fairbanks ended with a resident and one of two suspects seriously injured by gunshot wounds, police say.

The Fairbanks Police Department and Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a home invasion in the Aurora subdivision at about 10:15 a.m. Thursday. They arrived to find the two gunshot victims.

Witnesses told them two men with guns dressed in black forced open the front door and shot their roommate, according to a written statement from Fairbanks police. The roommate shot one of the suspects, who collapsed there.

The resident, who wasn’t identified, and suspect Michael Beard, 38, were taken to the hospital, police said. A second suspect, 23-year-old William Vent, fled but was apprehended nearby by a trooper.

Vent was jailed at Fairbanks Correctional Center on charges of first-degree assault, burglary and robbery as well as a weapons misconduct charge. Beard, being treated for his injuries, is also expected to be charged.

Anyone with information about this incident can contact Detective Scott Adams at or 907-450-6552 or Detective Anthony Laska at or 907- 450-6451.

This story will be updated as more information is available.