Man, 28, killed in Kodiak Island shooting, troopers say

Kyle Hopkins,Casey Grove

Alaska State Troopers are investigating the fatal shooting of a 28-year-old man at a party early Saturday morning in Kodiak.

Troopers learned of the trouble just after 3 a.m. when someone called 911 from a home off of Spruce Cape Road, said trooper spokesman Tim DeSpain. A fight was breaking out, the caller told police.

As a dispatcher listened, gunfire could be heard over the phone. Authorities arrived to find Justen Nixon, of Kodiak, suffering multiple gunshot wounds.

Troopers have identified a person suspected in the shooting and that person is now cooperating with investigators, DeSpain said.

"We're not looking for a suspect because all parties involved in the shooting are currently cooperating," he said.

No arrest had been made as of Saturday afternoon. The investigation is ongoing, DeSpain said.

He declined to identify the person or people suspected in the shooting or elaborate on what may have led to the gunfire.

"Troopers were able to talk to the people and figure out just what happened. There isn't anybody who is fleeing the scene," he said.

The spokesman said he could not provide a more precise location for the shooting or provide other details about the investigation. It was unclear if Nixon, the dead man, had been armed or if the shooting involved self-defense, DeSpain said.

"They will be investigating all possibilities, and that is certainly one of them," he said

DeSpain said he was not aware of any connection between the Saturday morning shooting and the ongoing investigation into the fatal, April 12 shooting of retired Coast Guard shipmate Richard Belisle, 51, and Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins, 41.

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