Guns confiscated

Fairbanks police confiscated an AR-15 and a sawed-off shotgun Saturday night after gunshots were reported outside a westside apartment complex. Photo courtesy of Fairbanks Police Department

An 18-year-old Fairbanks man and a juvenile were arrested Saturday night after Fairbanks police responded to a report of a shot fired at Sophie's Plaza.

Isidro Clemons was charged with reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor. The juvenile was charged with felony third-degree weapons misconduct and released to his parents. 

According to a criminal complaint filed in Fairbanks court Monday, two witnesses told police they were sitting on their deck at about 9 p.m. when they heard a loud pop. They looked down into the parking lot and saw a group of men exit the building and approach a dark colored Saturn sedan. One of the men put a large black rifle in the trunk, and the men left in the car.

The witnesses provided a partial plate number, and the police identified the car as a gray, 2006 Saturn Ion. 

A University of Alaska police officer spotted the Saturn and conducted a high-risk traffic stop at the Big Dipper Ice Arena parking lot. The five occupants were detained, and the driver gave police permission to search the car. 

Police found a Grizzly AR-15 and a Weatherby sawed-off 20-gauge shotgun inside the car, according to the complaint.

Clemons told police the AR-15 was his and had misfire issues. Clemons said he jumped down the apartment building steps while holding the gun with his finger near the trigger and accidentally fired a shot into the ground.

Police spoke to two women at an apartment the witnesses thought the men frequented. The women said they knew Clemons and the other men and had kicked them out of their apartment shortly before they heard the shot fired.  

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Officer Pergande at cpergande@fairbanks.us or 907-450-6495.

Contact staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7582. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/FDNMcrime.