A 31-year-old Fairbanks man has been charged with assault and weapons misconduct after allegedly firing shots in a parking lot after getting into a fight at a local bar.
Brandon Jamal Bennett reportedly left The Spur at closing time and retrieved a gun from his vehicle, which was parked near the Co-Op Market. Fairbanks police responded at 3:30 a.m. to a report of shots fired at the bar and spoke to a man who said Bennett fired seven or eight shots and pointed a gun at him.
Police found two bullet holes in the door of Bennett's silver Ford Fusion and multiple shell casings for a .380 pistol on the ground, according to a criminal complaint filed in Fairbanks court Monday.
Bennett was arrested after he was seen knocking on the door of Tony's Sports Bar, which is in the same building as The Spur. Bennett smelled strongly of alcohol and had a bloody nose and bleeding cuts on his lips, according to the court filing.
A cab driver reported she had picked up Bennett at The Spur and was driving him to Justa Store when he asked her to return to the bar because he had lost his keys. The driver said Bennett pulled out a pistol, showed her it wasn't loaded and waved it around in the cab. Bennett tried to leave his backpack in the taxi, but the driver wouldn't let him. He stashed the pack behind a truck at the bar, and police found it while doing a search of the vicinity, according to the complaint.
The backpack held an almost entirely consumed bottle of VSOP Brandy, a compact semiautomatic Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 pistol with an extended but empty magazine and a box of .380-caliber ammunition with 16 rounds missing.
Bennett was arraigned Monday afternoon on one count each of felony second-degree weapons misconduct, felony third-degree assault and misdemeanor fourth-degree weapons misconduct.
The Spur, formerly known as Kodiak Jack's, is located at the corner of Gaffney Road and Cushman Street.
Police ask that anyone with information related to the shooting contact Officer Pace at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7582. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.