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Village police officer charged with evidence tampering in Mountain Village murder investigation

  • Author: Annie Zak
  • Updated: May 19
  • Published May 19

A village police officer has been charged with tampering with physical evidence and third-degree theft in a Mountain Village shooting death in April, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.

Coy Bryan, 18, was shot and killed and found dead inside his home in the Southwest Alaska village, troopers said. John Hunter, a 22-year-old village police officer, "was involved in criminal activity related to the aftermath of the murder," according to an online dispatch from troopers Friday.

Hunter was arrested this week and transported to the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center, troopers said, and his bail was set at $2,000. In addition to evidence tampering and theft charges, he is also charged with official misconduct.

At the end of April, troopers charged 16-year-old Ramond Landlord with first-degree murder in the case, among other charges.

The investigation is ongoing, troopers said.

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