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North Pole teen dies after shooting

Alaska State Troopers reported that a teenage boy died after a he was shot in the head with a pistol in North Pole.
Published: Mar. 12, 2022 at 3:26 PM AKST|Updated: Mar. 12, 2022 at 5:12 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska State Troopers reported that a teen died after a he was shot in the head with a pistol in North Pole.

Troopers wrote that 19-year-old Samuel Chastain of North Pole was at a residence in on Bottles Street in North Pole with others — including juveniles — who were consuming alcohol and marijuana early Saturday morning when 23-year-old Jubal James of North Pole shot Chastain.

“The suspect admitted that he was manipulating the firearm and believing it was empty, pointed it at the victim and pulled the trigger,” troopers wrote.

Chastain was pronounced dead on the scene and James was taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center. Troopers wrote that James will be charged with second degree murder. Troopers said that investigation was ongoing.

Correction: This first sentence of this article has been updated to reflect that the teenager died after he was shot.

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