A firearms sale in which two men planned to rob the seller resulted in one of the men being shot dead, North Pole police said Thursday.
Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery in progress near 209 N. Santa Claus Lane late Wednesday night, the North Pole Police Department said in a statement. Police were told that one person had been shot while another was being held at gunpoint, and when they arrived at the scene, officers detained several people in the parking lot.
Investigators determined Adam Dane Selid, 18, and Dalen Davis, 19, had arranged to meet an individual to buy firearms from them but actually planned to rob the seller during the transaction, police said. During the meetup, Selid and Davis agreed to buy the weapons, then Selid pulled out a gun and threatened the seller, according to police.
During a struggle over Selid’s gun, “the seller was able to retrieve a handgun that he had on his person and fired one round, striking Selid,” police said in the statement.
Selid was shot in the abdomen and taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said. Next of kin have been notified.
After investigators interviewed Davis at the police department, he was arrested and taken to the Fairbanks Correctional Center, police said. Online court records show that Davis faces charges of first-degree robbery and manslaughter. North Pole police said he “knowingly engaged in conduct that resulted in the death of another person.”
The gun seller, who fatally shot Selid, “has not been charged at this time,” police said.
The case remains under investigation, and the North Pole Police Department asked anyone with information about the case to call them 907-488-6902, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the address where the shooting happened, based on information from the North Pole Police Department.