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Russian Mission enters lockdown

  • Author: Anna MacArthur
  • Updated: July 8, 2016
  • Published January 25, 2016

Russian Mission was in a community-wide lockdown Monday.

Mayor Sheila Minock announced the lockdown over the VHF after hearing reports of a person on the run who's suspected of having shot someone in Aniak. She's advised everyone to remain indoors.

"The Alaska State Troopers had been in contact with the city indicating that there may be a concern that people that the troopers were seeking could be headed towards Russian Mission seeking refugee in that village," said Lower Yukon School District Superintendent Jon Wehde, relaying what the school heard over the VHF this afternoon.

The school locked down, but released students to their guardians at the usual end of the academic day.

Commenting on the lockdown, Public Information Officer Megan Peters said only that troopers are investigating a death in Aniak.

According to the online trooper dispatch, troopers received a report Sunday night of a deceased person at an Aniak residence. Troopers and a Village Public Safety Officer arrived at the home to find a deceased male. They have not identified the body and are sending the remains to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Anchorage.

Mayor Minock says the community will remain in lockdown until she hears an all-clear from the troopers.

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