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Fairbanks police respond to report of shots fired at Denny's Restaurant

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Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012 11:57 pm

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks police seized four guns from several members of the military early Sunday morning after receiving a report of shots being fired in the parking lot of Denny’s Restaurant on Airport Way.

Nobody was arrested but the names of those involved will be forwarded to the U.S. Army at Fort Wainwright, Sgt. Robert Thompson with Fairbanks police said.

“It doesn’t look like we’re going to be forwarding charges to the district attorney,” Sgt. Robert Thompson with Fairbanks police said on Sunday. “We’re going to send it to the (Fort Wainwright) military police to deal with. Everybody involved was military.”

Police were called to the scene at 3:24 a.m. after shots were reported in the parking lot. There were no fights and police on Sunday were still trying to figure out what exactly happened, said Thompson, who had yet see the full report on the incident.

“I really have no idea what precipitated this,” Thompson said. “These guys were all out drinking and playing with guns.”

Police seized three pistols and one shotgun, he said. Three of the guns were inside vehicles when police arrived and the fourth belonged to a man who was not listed as a suspect, Thompson said.

At least a half dozen Fairbanks police officers and Alaska State Troopers responded to the scene. Police interviewed a dozen people and had the names of two suspects but neither was arrested. Police were on scene for about 20 minutes.

It marked the second late-night melee involving military members in two weeks in Fairbanks.

On Dec. 1, more than 20 police officers and troopers were called to a large brawl at the Rock n Rodeo involving soldiers from Fort Wainwright. That incident featured several fights inside and outside the bar and four men — three from Fort Wainwright — were arrested on disorderly conduct charges.

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