Crime & Courts

APD: Woman arrested in fatal Anchorage shooting

Update, 3 p.m. Tuesday: The victim has been identified as 27-year-old Ionatana Toa, Anchorage police said in an updated alert.

Original story:

Police have arrested 30-year-old Rachel T. D. Epperson in connection to the fatal shooting of a man in Anchorage on Saturday night, police said.

An officer reported hearing gunshots just after 9 p.m. near Bragaw Street and the Glenn Highway, according to an online alert. Several citizens also reported shots near Seventh Avenue and Klevin Street.

While officers were searching the area for people who may have been involved, police said a man was dropped off at a hospital with a life-threatening gunshot wound to his upper body at 9:20 p.m. Police said Sunday that the man died from the injury.

Police are still investigating whether the man was shot near where reports of gunfire were heard.

Epperson has been remanded at the Anchorage jail on the charges of first-degree attempted murder, third-degree assault and manslaughter.

Tess Williams

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