Troopers: Alaska fatal shooting occurred over car dispute

December 17, 2019 GMT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Fairbanks man killed last week was shot after unsuccessfully attempting to retrieve a stolen vehicle, according to a criminal complaint filed by Alaska State Troopers.

Brian Talbott, 43, is charged with first- and second-degree murder in the death Friday of Clayton Nelson, 46, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

Talbott is jailed at Fairbanks Correctional Center with bail set at $1 million. Public defender Justin Racette said in an email Tuesday that he will represent Talbott but declined comment on the charges.

Emergency responders found Nelson shot in a car in the parking lot of a Fred Meyer store in west Fairbanks. He was pronounced dead at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Investigators said Nelson on Thursday night tried to retrieve his vehicle that he said was stolen by Talbott. They said Talbott rammed the vehicle Nelson was in and Nelson left, the complaint said.

Nelson returned with three friends and again tried to reclaim his vehicle, troopers said.

Nelson asked Talbott for his keys, and when Talbott refused, a fight broke out. Nelson and his friends returned to their car to leave but had trouble gaining traction on an icy road, troopers said.

Talbott shot five times at the car, shattering the rear window and hitting Nelson in the neck as he sat in the back seat, the complaint said.

The driver headed toward Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, and with Nelson bleeding profusely, decided to stop at the store parking lot to seek help. An ambulance took Nelson to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Talbott told investigators he had not seen Nelson or his friends for several days. Talbott had a cut on his forehead and said he had fallen, troopers said in the complaint.