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Anchorage man charged with murder after fatal Midtown shooting, police say

Anchorage police said a suspect was taken into custody Saturday night after responding to a report of a fatal shooting in Midtown earlier in the day.
Published: Apr. 10, 2022 at 10:51 AM AKDT|Updated: Apr. 11, 2022 at 10:47 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Anchorage police said a suspect was taken into custody Saturday night after responding to a report of a fatal shooting in Midtown earlier in the day.

Anchorage police said in an email that 22-year-old Brent Avery Smith had been charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder following the death of 30-year-old Julian Francis Jr., who police say was shot by Smith.

According to a community alert, police responded to 5151 Business Park Boulevard after receiving a report of a man with gunshot wounds.

“When officers arrived, they found an adult male deceased at the scene,” police wrote.

After receiving the initial report at 8:33 a.m., police identified Smith as a person of interest, asking for help from the public to locate Smith. The department was able to find and take Smith into custody around 8 p.m. Saturday. The crime scene investigation wrapped up around 11:20 p.m., according to a department spokesperson.

Police added that next of kin have been notified.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with additional information.

Correction: This article has been updated to correct that the man charged with murder is 22 years old, not 21 as previously reported by the Anchorage Police Department.

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