Matthew Burton Davis

Matthew Burton Davis appears for arraignment at Fairbanks Correctional Center on Friday. Davis allegedly shot and killed John Adam Chilcote early Thursday morning at a North Pole residence.

FAIRBANKS — New details have emerged about the shooting death of a man in North Pole early Thursday morning. 

According to charging documents, Matthew Burton Davis, 41, of North Pole, shot and killed John Adam Chilcote, 34, with a 9 mm handgun at a North Pole woman’s home. The woman told troopers Davis had returned her vehicle Wednesday evening and had asked if Chilcote was inside the home. The woman told him no, even though Chilcote was there, and Davis left. Davis then sent threatening text messages asking the woman if she wanted Chilcote to “die tonight.” 

One of the messages said, “If you don’t talk to me I am going to come in and I am going to shoot him the cops will be too late,” according to charging documents.  

The woman told troopers she and Chilcote went to bed after she locked and deadbolted the door. A short time later, the woman heard a loud bang followed by footsteps coming up the stairs. She and Chilcote jumped out of bed and she heard gunshots close to her head. She ran to her daughter’s room and she and her daughter hid in a closet.

The woman waited a few minutes before coming out and calling 911, according to charging documents. 

Troopers arrived to find Chilcote dead. He’d been shot twice in the face and several times in the upper torso. Numerous 9 mm shell casings were found at the scene.

Davis left the home after the shooting and called his brother in hysterics, saying, “Dude, I think I just shot someone,” according to charging documents. His brother told him to drive to Chena Lake so he could pick him up. Davis told his brother he had a gun and his brother told him to put it under the front passenger seat of his vehicle.

Davis’ brother drove Davis to the North Pole Police Department, and Davis turned himself in. Davis smelled strongly of alcohol and was crying uncontrollably, according to charging documents.

Investigation revealed Davis entered the home by forcing open the ground floor French doors, destroying the deadbolt. 

A black CZ model 75 9 mm pistol with a live round in the chamber was found under the passenger seat of Davis’ Ford F-150.

Davis was arraigned Friday on one count of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree burglary. 

Chilcote’s LinkedIn page lists his occupation as regional director of membership sales at the Alaska Club in Anchorage. Debbie Cedeno, vice president of marketing and sales at the Alaska Club, would not confirm or deny whether Chilcote was employed there, citing the ongoing investigation. 

“I can’t comment at all, but what I can say is that, as in any situation like this, our hearts go out to the families of those involved,” Cedano said.

Contact Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7582. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.