Fairbanks shooting charged as murder after victim’s death
A 26-year-old woman shot in Fairbanks last week, prompting school lockdowns as police found and apprehended a suspect, has succumbed to her injuries.
Jasmine Lynn States died Sunday at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital after her family asked that staff remove her from life support, Fairbanks police spokeswoman Yumi McCulloch said Monday.
“This morning, charges for the suspect, Benjamin Akaran, have been amended to murder in the first degree,” McCulloch wrote in a statement.
Police had responded to a Carr Avenue home in Fairbanks’ Aurora subdivision at about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, after a caller said a suspect had shot States and tried to shoot the caller as well.
FPD officers and Alaska State Troopers converged on the area, putting the Randy Smith and Anne Wien middle and elementary schools on lockdown. More than 600 students remained confined in their unlit buildings for about two hours, until 19-year-old Akaran was taken into custody at a residence on Yale Way.
Police are still seeking more information on the case, and ask that anyone with further details call or email FPD Detective Avery Thompson at 907-450-6550 or email@example.com.
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