Troopers say more than one weapon fired in shooting

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2002

FAIRBANKS - An Eielson Air Force Base airman was killed Sunday after military personnel and civilians went to a mobile home to exact revenge for a fight involving soldiers the night before, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

Trooper investigators are releasing few details regarding the death of Terry Lee Hachtel Jr., 19, but they did say he was outside a mobile home when he was fatally shot in the chest at about 12:25 a.m. He died en route to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said numerous off-duty military personnel and several civilians went to the residence in the trailer park south of Fairbanks to exact revenge for a physical altercation involving soldiers the previous night.

When they arrived, troopers said, numerous individuals attempted to gain entry into the home. More than one weapon was fired, troopers said.

"There was an exchange of gunfire, that's what the scene seems to say," said trooper Lt. Greg Tanner. "There were shots fired from both inside and outside" the trailer.

Hachtel had been stationed at Eielson since November 2000, an Eielson spokesman said.

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