Alaska Murder Suspect Commits Suicide in Jail

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November 19, 2018US News
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Alaska Murder Suspect Commits Suicide in Jail
Murder suspect Chaz Shanigan killed himself in an Anchorage, Alaska jail cell while awaiting trial, (Anchorage Police Department)

A 22-year-old murder suspect was found unresponsive in his Anchorage, Alaska, jail cell and died in the hospital the next day.

Chaz A. Shanigan had been in jail since March 2017, awaiting trial on charges of murder 1, murder 2, robbery 1 and misconduct involving weapons, KTUU reported.

Shanigan’s jailers found him unresponsive in his cell on Friday, Nov. 16.

Alaska Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sherrie Dagle said in an official release, “Facility staff immediately began attempting lifesaving measures and continued until emergency services arrived.”

He was immediately transported to Alaska Regional Hospital, where he died the next day.

According to the Daily news, Shanigan was the fourth inmate to die in an Alaska jail or prison this year. 

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Chaz Shanigan‎‏ في الإثنين، ٢٠ فبراير ٢٠١٧

Halfway House Escapee Arrested in a Tip

Shanigan, then 21, was arrested on March 9, 2017, for escaping from the Cordova Center halfway house on Feb. 17, according to reports from Anchorage Daily News.

Anchorage police had received a tip that Shanigan was involved in a shooting at an Executive Suites hotel earlier that morning. They did not have enough evidence to arrest him on the murder charge.

Shanigan had been at the hotel early in the morning of March 8, when hotel patrons heard gunshots and saw a person leap out of a second-story window. The person ran to a nearby car and drove away as more shots were fired.

“A person came out of an upper story window on this side of the building,” Anchorage Police Department Lt. John McKinnon told the Daily News. “More shots were heard and that person got into a car.” 

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Craig Berumen II‎‏ في السبت، ١٥ أكتوبر ٢٠١٦

The person, identified as Craig Berumen, 32, was found shot to death in his car at a McDonald’s restaurant next door to the hotel at 5:15 a.m. on March 8.

Berumen’s body was found halfway out of his still-idling vehicle. “He’s literally trying to get out of the car, then froze in place,” Lt. McKinnon said.

Anchorage Police spokeswoman Renee Oistad said that the police received a tip the next day associating Shanigan with the crime, saying he was “back at the Executive Suites.”

Officers were approaching the hotel when they saw Shanigan leaving. Shanigan saw the officers and tried to run.

“Shanigan ran from the hotel; officers located him within three minutes,” Officer Oistad told the Daily News. Shanigan was unarmed, she said.

Two Accomplices

According to KTUU, Craig Berumen had been acquitted of the homicide of Jennifer Jacobson in 2008.

His killing was not related to that charge, apparently. Anchorage Police told KTUU, “It was a targeted drug-related crime.”

Three people were eventually charged with Craig Berumen’s murder.

Shanigan was the first to be apprehended.   

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Devontay Gordon‎‏ في السبت، ١٥ ديسمبر ٢٠١٢

Devontay Gordon, 25, was also arrested. Gordon was on probation for a felony, so he was jailed.

The third person, Nicole Diaz, was arrested and charged with first degree murder and robbery. Diaz, 32, got out on bail and disappeared.

Nicole Diaz
Nicole Diaz. (Anchorage Police Department)

Diaz was arrested after a car in which she was riding was pulled over in a routine traffic stop on June 23, 2017—just 17 days after an Anchorage grand jury handed down indictments for first- and second-degree murder and robbery related to the killing of Craig Berumen, the Daily News reported.

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