From Casey Grove in Anchorage --
Homicide detectives were in the process of getting an arrest warrant Wednesday for a suspect in a fatal East Anchorage shooting when the man turned himself in to police Wednesday night, a police spokesman said.
“It was coincidence that the timing worked out like that,” police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said in a phone interview this morning.
Lee Chee Chang, 25, was ultimately charged with first-degree murder for the death of Emelio Ramirez outside J.J.’s Lounge, police said. Ka Meng Chang, 28, also died in the shootout, police said. The Changs were brothers, according to Lee Chee Chang’s lawyer, Rex Butler.
It remained unclear early Thursday who shot Ka Meng Chang.
The younger Chang was named as a “person of interest” in the case Tuesday afternoon. By 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, he was in Butler’s office and in police custody about an hour later.
Taking Butler’s advice, Chang did not make a statement to the detectives Wednesday night, Parker said. “If a person doesn’t want to talk to us, we don’t try to interview them,” Parker said.
Detectives had earlier in the day written up an arrest warrant to be signed by a magistrate and received the signed warrant later, when Chang arrived at the police department, Parker said.
Parker didn’t know what time Wednesday the detectives applied for the arrest warrant. Police have refused to say what information convinced them Chang was not just a “person of interest” but a suspect in the case.
The detectives also are not saying yet if they believe Ramirez shot Ka Meng Chang, Parker said.
“It’ll all come out when the timing is right,” he said.
Lee Chee Chang is scheduled to be arraigned at 2:30 this afternoon.