One shot, another held at gunpoint following failed car theft attempt

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NORTH POLE, Alaska (KTUU) - An attempted vehicle theft went wrong on Saturday, leaving one of the two alleged thieves held at gunpoint until authorities arrived. The other man, identified as Connor M. O'Neill, 18, of Fairbanks, ran away from the area after he was shot in the leg.

Troopers say the incident began around 7 a.m. on Oct. 7. A homeowner in the area of Faultline Avenue in North Pole spotted two men who were allegedly stealing a vehicle from a private property. He apparently shot at the two men, striking O'Neill in the leg. The other, who is a juvenile that Alaska State Troopers did not identify by name, did not escape, and was instead held at gunpoint until AST and Fairbanks Police Department officers arrived.

O'Neill didn't make it very far. Just before 7:30 a.m. that same morning, troopers got a call that O'Neill was found in the hallway of the Middleton Avenue apartment complex, "attempting to get inside an apartment." Troopers arrived and subsequently arrested O'Neill after he was treated with emergency medical care for his wound.

In an online dispatch, troopers say O’Neill "was identified as a fugitive from justice out of Texas." They say the investigation into this incident is ongoing.