Fairbanks shooting victim identified, condition unknown

Posted: Monday, December 29, 2008

FAIRBANKS - Authorities have identified the man shot in a downtown bar early Saturday morning as 22-year-old Michael S. Twitchell of Fairbanks. Court papers indicate he was shot at multiple times.

Prosecutors have charged Richard Blevins, another Fairbanks man, with attempted murder. Twitchell is reportedly the boyfriend of Blevins' former girlfriend.

The shooting occurred inside the Midnight Mine bar an hour after midnight Saturday. The state alleges in court papers filed Saturday that Blevins "shot at Twitchell's face four times" after walking into the bar's Wendell Avenue entrance. It is unclear how many shots hit Twitchell.

Blevins was arrested later that morning after a traffic stop and told Fairbanks Police Department officers he had been angry with Twitchell, an acquaintance, for a couple of years, according to the paperwork.

Police spokesman Sgt. Robert Thompson said Twitchell was taken to the hospital in Fairbanks. But he was then transferred to Anchorage.

Police found four spent shells from a .22-caliber handgun inside the bar, according to the state. Blevins was found with the same brand of gun when arrested.

Blevins' ex-girlfriend said she had been getting harassing phone calls all day from Blevins, according to the complaint. Thompson said Blevins acknowledged he had been checking other bars around town looking for Twitchell before admitting to shooting him.

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