A 41-year-old man first sought as a person of interest in a June shooting has now been named as a suspect in the case.

Police are seeking 41-year-old Jason E. Premo on a manslaughter charge in the June 18 shooting of 48-year-old Geoffrey Sorden, APD announced Thursday. Premo and Sorden allegedly entered a home on the 6000 block of Austin Street, prompting a confrontation which left the homeowner wounded and Sorden dead.

Thim declined to say Thursday whether Premo and Sorden had been conducting a home invasion, because it wasn’t clear whether they forced their way into the residence. Evidence of gambling was found at the home, however, and turned over to the FBI.

“They were targeting the homeowner, possibly over money, and at some point Sorden shot the homeowner,” Thim said. “Premo assaulted the homeowner as well; the homeowner shot back at Sorden and killed him.”

Premo had been picked up during an unrelated February “retail blitz” at a local Walmart store, on a charge of misconduct involving controlled substances.

Although Premo didn’t shoot Sorden, Thim said, state law allows for him to be charged due to his role in causing Sorden’s death.

“We are holding him responsible for the death of his accomplice, because he and his accomplice entered the home and caused the altercation,” Thim said.

No charges were immediately filed against the homeowner in the shooting or the gambling, Thim said, pending reviews by the Anchorage district attorney’s office and the FBI.

Anyone with information on Premo’s whereabouts is asked to call APD at 911, or contact Anchorage Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or through its website.

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