Woman shot and killed Sunday in domestic violence homicide, Anchorage police say

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Published: Oct. 10, 2021 at 9:41 AM AKDT|Updated: Oct. 11, 2021 at 2:02 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A woman was shot and killed early Sunday morning in the Campbell Park neighborhood in what Anchorage police say was a domestic violence incident.

Anchorage police found a woman lying dead outside shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of East 46th Avenue and Folker Street, according to a community alert. They have since arrested and charged Thomas Layou, 38, with first-degree and second-degree murder. According to an affidavit written by Detective David Cordie, the woman who died was Patrice Layou, Thomas Layou’s mother.

Officers initially responded to East 46th Avenue and Folker Street for a report of shots being fired. Once there, they found Patrice Layou lying dead on the ground. There was initially a police presence while police investigated and the intersection was initially closed for several hours on Sunday.

According to court documents, police later located Thomas Layou at a multi-unit apartment complex just several hundred feet from the shooting scene.

Police took Thomas Layou into custody for questioning, and later obtained a warrant for his arrest on the charges of first-and second-degree murder.

Thomas Layou was scheduled to be arraigned in Anchorage Court on Monday afternoon, online court records show.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with additional information.

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