Crime & Courts

Man facing murder charge in Homer woman’s shooting death

A man is accused of fatally shooting a 22-year-old woman in a Homer residence on Saturday, police said.

Arturo Mondragon-Lopez, 35, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Brianna Hetrick, according to an affidavit filed in support of a criminal complaint with the charges. He was in custody Wednesday afternoon at the Wildwood Pretrial Facility in Kenai.

He fatally shot Hetrick with a Glock 9 mm handgun inside the home around 4:15 p.m. Saturday, according to the sworn affidavit written by Sgt. Jessica Poling of the Homer Police Department.

Mondragon-Lopez was described as being from Arkansas but said he and Hetrick, his girlfriend, had recently started renting the cabin where the shooting occurred, the affidavit said.

Mondragon-Lopez called 911 to report the shooting and during a later interview with investigators said the shooting was an accident.

He is being represented by the Public Defender Agency, but it was not clear Wednesday which attorney had been assigned to the case.

Tess Williams

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