Fairbanks man arraigned for alleged accidental shooting

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - A Fairbanks man was arraigned today in Fairbanks Superior Court for allegedly shooting another man by accident after he went to the man's apartment to confront him.

37-year-old Adrian Mendizabal is charged with Attempted Murder, Assault, and Tampering with physical evidence.

According to officials, the Fairbanks Police Department received a call on April 29 that a shooting occurred near 11th Avenue. Police responded and found that the victim, Vernon Smoke, had been shot.

A few minutes after the shooting, Mendizabal reported to authorities that he had accidentally shot Smoke. He told police he had heard that Smoke and some other individuals were "out to get him," so he went to Smoke's apartment and waited for him inside. When Smoke arrived, Mendizabal said the gun went off by accident.

Smoke was medevaced to Seattle with life-threatening injuries.