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Man from Sainte-Croix suspected of killing his father, shot dead by soldier after day of stalemate, official says

Holy Cross photographed June 14, 2005. (Erik Hill / DNA archives)

Update Sunday 3 p.m .: The soldier who shot Devyn Walker, 34, was identified on Saturday as Caleb Lloyd, who has been with the Alaska State Troopers for three years, according to a updated statement.

Lloyd was involved in another fatal shooting in March, when he and five other law enforcement officers shot Douglas William Stroble, 25, at a house in Wasilla. Stroble broke into a house and held a woman and three children hostage, soldiers noted at the time.

Original article:

A man suspected of killing his father before barricading himself at his Holy Cross home for more than 24 hours died Wednesday when he was shot and killed by an Alaska state soldier, an official said.

The soldiers were first called to the southwestern Alaskan village just after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday over a shooting, soldiers wrote in a online statement. Investigators believe Devyn Walker, 34, shot dead his father, Alden Gerald Walker Sr., 71, in a boat, said Austin McDaniel, a spokesman for the soldiers.

“According to witnesses, Devyn had just disembarked from the boat when he shot Alden,” McDaniel said in an email. “The boat was in the water at the time of the shooting.”

Devyn Walker was barricaded inside her home when soldiers arrived by plane on Tuesday, the statement said. Crisis negotiators tried to talk to him all night, but Walker refused to surrender, soldiers said. The Special Soldiers Emergency Response Team and the Alaska Bureau of Investigation provided on-site assistance.

During the negotiation process, Walker fired a gun at soldiers, the statement said. No officer was injured. McDaniel said it was not clear how many times Walker had shot.

Just after 7 p.m. Wednesday, a special team of soldiers entered the house and a soldier shot Walker.

“At present, investigators believe Devyn Walker was fatally injured after an Alaskan state soldier discharged his service weapon while hitting Walker,” McDaniel wrote. “The ultimate cause of death will be determined by the state medical examiner.”

The soldier who fired has not yet been identified.

An investigation is underway and the shooting involving soldiers will be examined by the Office of Special Prosecutions, the soldiers wrote.