FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks police arrested two men Thursday morning in connection with a home invasion and shooting that left both a resident of the home and one of the accused invaders shot.

At approximately 10:14 a.m., Fairbanks police and state troopers were called to a Southern Avenue home in the Aurora Subdivision for a reported home invasion. When they arrived, they found a resident of the home and one of the suspects had been shot inside the house, according to a department release.

Witnesses at the house said two men with guns, dressed in black, forced the front door open and shot their roommate. The witnesses told officers their roommate was able to shoot one of the suspects, who collapsed at the scene. Both the resident and the suspected home invader were treated by the Fairbanks Fire Department and taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

Police named the suspect as 38-year-old Michael Beard and are expecting to file charges in connection with the invasion, according to the police department release.

The second suspect, 23-year-old William Vent, ran from the home before officers arrived but was caught at College Road and Aurora Drive by an Alaska State Trooper. Vent was taken to Fairbanks Correction Center where he was charged with assault in the first degree, burglary in the first degree, robbery in the first degree and misconduct involving a weapon in the third degree. 

The public is asked to contact Detective Scott Adams at sadams@fairbanks.us or 450-6552 or Detective Anthony Laska at alaska@fairbanks.us or 450-6451 with any information regarding the case.

Contact the newsroom at 459-7572.