Mountain Village man charged with murdering girlfriend
A Mountain Village man faces murder charges, after Alaska State Troopers say his girlfriend was found dead at his home this week.
Troopers said initial reports at about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday indicated that 34-year-old Alexie Walters had “assaulted multiple people in the community” before barricading himself at his home along with 22-year-old Gertrude Queenie.
“Two village police officers responded to the residence to check on the status of Queenie but fled when Walters came to the door with a shotgun and fired a shot,” troopers wrote in an online dispatch.
Troopers responded from St. Mary’s at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday and unsuccessfully tried to speak with Walters, who ran from the residence at about 2:10 a.m.
Queenie was found dead inside by a village police officer.
Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said Queenie’s cause of death would be determined by an autopsy at the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage. No further details on the case were available from troopers Friday afternoon.
Troopers said Walters turned himself in Thursday afternoon at the public safety building in Mountain Village. He was arrested on charges of second-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and third-degree and fourth assault.
The investigation of Queenie’s death is still in progress, troopers said, with crime scene technicians traveling Friday to Mountain Village from Anchorage.