The man who reportedly confessed to shooting a Wasilla man in the head with a shotgun told investigators the incident escalated after the victim confronted him about having a relationship with his estranged wife. 

Alaska State Troopers found the body of 32-year-old Patrick McMullen in a ditch near a pullout near milepost 59 of the Parks Highway in Houston on Thursday, November 2.

An autopsy performed on McMullen's body showed he had been shot in the head with a shotgun and that he had recently been involved in a physical altercation, as there was a fresh wound on his face and he had a broken nose. The State Medical Examiner's Office classified his death as a homicide. 

According to the criminal complaint filed Friday, investigators were led to 37-year-old Justin Brunsvold after speaking to several people close to the victim who stated Brunsvold was a source of supply for marijuana. Phone records also showed the victim and Brunsvold had communications within hours of McMullen's death, the complaint says. 

Last Wednesday, troopers executed a search warrant at Brunsvold's home and on his vehicle. Inside his home, troopers say they found three shotguns and several types of shotgun ammunition. Inside his vehicle, a single round of shotgun ammunition was located. 

Friday, investigators confronted Brunsvold with their evidence, and according to the criminal complaint, Brunsvold confessed to killing McMullen. 

Brunsvold told AST that he and McMullen met up on Parks Highway in an effort to buy methamphetamine but that the dealer didn't show, the complaint states. Brunsvold continued that McMullen asked to see the 12 gauge pump-action shotgun he had with him to "shoot a rabbit" in the woods and he handed it over. 

McMullen, armed with the shotgun, then accused Brunsvold of having an affair with his estranged wife, according to the complaint; Brunsvold told investigators that he then punched McMullen in the face, took the shotgun and shot him in the head. 

"During the confession, Brunsvold exhibited signs of remorse for his actions," the complaint reads. "Brunsvold said he knew he had killed McMullen as soon as he pulled the trigger." 

Brunsvold, an Anchorage resident, was arrested Saturday and taken to the Mat-Su Pretrial facility where he is being held on a $100,000 bond. He was arraigned Sunday. 

 

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