Police name Anchorage bicycle shooting victim
An Anchorage shooting over a bicycle has become a homicide case after the victim’s death, police said Wednesday.
Police named the deceased Thursday as 48-year-old Ian Ellison, after his next of kin were notified.
The case in which Daren Barnhart was arrested last week is now being investigated as a homicide, according to an APD statement. Ellison was shot during a July 4 encounter at the Arctic Benson Park in which he and Barnhart allegedly argued over the ownership of a bicycle.
“Additional charges may be filed against the suspect, Daren Barnhart, pending review by the district attorney's office,” police wrote.
Anchorage District Attorney Rick Allen said Thursday that further charges against Barnhart will depend on the outcome of APD's inquiries.
"The police are still very actively investigating it and still trying to track down witnesses," Allen said. "It's unclear kind of which way the investigation's going to go now."
Barnhart was taken into custody July 13 with the help of a K-9 unit after he was spotted near the 2700 block of Spenard Road, police said.
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