12-Year-Old Fairbanks Boy’s Death Ruled An Accident

Fairbanks police say the death of a 12-year-old boy by gunshot was an apparent accident.

Malik Boykins on Wednesday was visiting a home near Fort Wainwright when he was hit in the head by a bullet from a .40-caliber handgun fired by another 12-year-old boy, who lives at the home.

No adults were home during the incident.

Police say they don’t plan to forward criminal charges against any adults. However, spokesman Peyton Merideth says the department is working with the juvenile justice system on possible charges against the boy who fired the gun.

The second boy’s name has not been released and juvenile proceedings are not made public.

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