North Pole homeowner shoots, wounds suspect in vehicle theft
An armed North Pole resident shot one of two people accused of trying to steal a vehicle last week, Alaska State Troopers said, holding the other until law enforcement showed up.
Troopers said in an online dispatch that the theft and gunfire, off Faultline Avenue in North Pole, was reported to troopers at about 7:15 a.m. on Oct. 7. The suspects were subsequently identified as 18-year-old Fairbanks resident Conner M. O’Neill and a juvenile.
“O’Neill was hit in the leg and ran away from the scene,” troopers wrote. “The juvenile male was uninjured and detained by the homeowner at gunpoint until AST and Fairbanks Police Department officers arrived.”
Roughly 10 minutes after the initial report, troopers learned that O’Neill was trying to enter a nearby apartment. Troopers showed up and detained O’Neill until medics could take him to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
No charges were mentioned in the dispatch, but troopers typically don’t discuss charges against juveniles or charge injured suspects until their release from medical care.
“O’Neill was identified as a fugitive from justice out of Texas,” troopers wrote.