APD investigating paint shop death as homicide
Anchorage Police are now calling Monday's death at a midtown paint shop a homicide.
APD says they took 27-year-old Randall Igou into custody in connection with the death of 65-year-old Gregory Gill. Gill's name was released Wednesday, after his next of kin were notified.
Just before 9 a.m. Monday, officers were called to the Aurora Paint Company in the 3600 block of Arctic Boulevard on reports of a body.
APD spokesperson MJ Thim says an employee of the business arrived to work and found Gill's body lying on the floor of the business. Gill was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives Monday morning asked for the public's help in locating a vehicle in connection with their investigation. Early Monday afternoon, APD says they located the suspect vehicle, a white 2006 Kia Optima with AK plates "EZA-725", which was at the business before it opened Monday morning.
The Kia, which was the subject of a stolen vehicle investigation, was located off Fox Hall Drive in east Anchorage after noon Monday. KTVA's crew on scene said a man -- later identified by police as Igou -- jumped from the vehicle and ran down a trail leading to Cheney Lake; APD pursued with guns drawn, and Igou allegedly ran into the waters of the lake, nearly neck-deep.
Officers called in the Anchorage Fire Department for assistance in what may have been a water rescue, however, an APD officer managed to apprehend Igou and place him under arrest.
APD said Igou was seen dumping items while fleeing from the officers; it's not yet clear what those items were.
Igou was initially detained in connection with a stolen vehicle investigation, and APD said he was also considered a person of interest in the Aurora Paint Company death investigation.
Authorities wouldn't say if the business had been ransacked or if anything was out of place. A search warrant was obtained by APD to further investigate the building and business outside of the crime scene.
Gill's body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy, Thim says.
Igou was arraigned in court on Tuesday. According to charging documents he was charged with first-degree vehicle theft, first-degree failure to stop, violations of condition and driving while license canceled, suspended, or revoked.
APD did not immediately release further details, however, they did ask anyone with any information or surveillance video from nearby to give them a call at 907-786-8900.