UPDATE: Fatally shot home invader identified, police call incident 'drug related'
Police have identified the man who was fatally shot by a resident after allegedly breaking into a fourplex-style home on Core Court in Anchorage.
"The suspect shot and killed has been identified as Terrance Williams," Anchorage Police Department confirmed in a community message on Tuesday. Williams was 25 years old.
Authorities have not yet said how Williams knew the man that shot him, but did initially say that the event was not random. In the statement issued Tuesday, police wrote that drugs are believed to be a factor in this case. However, at this time, it is not yet known what role drugs may have played.
New details were released Wednesday into the shooting death involving an alleged intruder and an armed resident. While some questions remain unanswered, such as the identities of either suspect or victim, police say that both exchanged gunfire during the altercation.
"Two adult males broke in through the front door, and one of those men exchanged gunfire with a male resident of the home," police spokesperson MJ Thim said. The only two residents home at the time, the man who fired at the intruder and an adult woman, were not injured during the incident.
However, the suspect intruder who fired shots was struck by the resident's shots and later died from his injury.
According to Thim, this case is being investigated as a "home invasion homicide investigation." However he also said that this does
mean that someone will automatically be charged with counts of homicide or murder.
As for whether the victim and the suspect knew one another, police are still unsure of the connection. "It is not random, but we don't know what relationship the two men had or even if there is one," Thim said.
Authorities are now calling the shooting event early Tuesday a "home invasion shooting" in a community alert.
According to police, two suspects attempted to break into an Anchorage home on Tuesday, but a resident living at that home shot one of them as they were trying to enter the home.
The two male suspects ran off, and one was later found lying in a driveway bleeding. Police have confirmed that the man that was shot, who has yet to be identified, was later declared dead at the hospital.
No arrests have been made, police say.
One man was rushed to the hospital in what authorities describe as "life-threatening condition" after he was shot in the chest.
The vicitm, who has not yet been identified, was found lying outside a fourplex on the 3700 block of Core Court in Anchorage. MJ Thim, a spokesperson with the Anchorage Police Department, said that authorities received a call of reported gunshots at 5:20 a.m. on Tuesday.
When officers arrived, they found a man suffering a gunshot to his upper torso and lying in the driveway. It is not yet known what connection the victim had, if any, to the residence.
The victim was taken to a local hospital and authorities do not believe this was a random event. "This is believed to be an isolated case, and there is no threat to the public at this point in time," Thim said.
The investigation is considered to be ongoing, and APD is still questioning multiple people. There was no immediate suspect information to release.
Police are asking those who may have seen or heard anything to contact them. Additionally, they are asking for anyone with possible security camera footage to reach out to APD.