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A murder suspect boarded up in the village of Holy Cross in southwest Alaska for about 24 hours was found dead Wednesday evening after a special team of Alaska State soldiers entered by force into the house and a soldier unloaded a service weapon, the soldiers said in an online update.
The soldiers did not say whether the gunshot wound was the result of the soldier’s gunfire.
“While searching the house, the team located the suspect, Devyn Walker, 34, a resident of Holy Cross, who died of an apparent gunshot wound,” the update said. “During the incident, a soldier from the State of Alaska discharged his service weapon. Walker’s remains will be transported to the state medical examiner’s office who will determine the cause of death.
The soldiers initially responded to a report of a fatal boat shooting. The victim has been identified as Alden Gerald Walker Sr, 71, a resident of Holy Cross.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
One person has died in Holy Cross and a suspect has barricaded himself inside his home in the village, Alaska state soldiers said.
A “disturbance” was reported at Sainte-Croix just after 6.30pm on Tuesday, soldiers wrote in a report. online statement. Details on the type of disturbance reported were not available Wednesday morning, spokesman Austin McDaniel said.
Bethel soldiers immediately went to Sainte-Croix, the statement said. The village is home to about 158 people about 120 miles northeast of Bethel.
“An initial investigation into the incident determined that one person is dead and that a suspect is armed and barricaded inside his residence,” the soldiers wrote. Details on where and how the person died were not available Wednesday morning.
The soldiers’ crisis negotiation team worked through the night to get the man out of the house, McDaniel said. The Special Emergency Response Team and the Alaska Bureau of Investigations were called to the scene to assist, soldiers said.
McDaniel said the man was still barricaded inside the house just before 5 p.m. Wednesday and law enforcement was still at the scene. Limited information was available as the situation was ongoing, he said.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.