Anchorage police investigating homicide in Russian Jack Park neighborhood

Anchorage police have closed Klevin Street between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue Monday night to investigate a shooting that is now classified as a homicide.
Published: Jul. 11, 2022 at 9:54 PM AKDT|Updated: Jul. 13, 2022 at 1:08 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A man is dead and another has been charged after a shooting that closed Klevin Street between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue Monday night. The road was reopened Tuesday morning following a police investigation.

In an updated message on Tuesday, Anchorage police said Justin R. Austin, 20, was jailed for his role in the event. Austin was charged by police with tampering with evidence, third-degree assault and second-degree misconduct involving a weapon.

On Wednesday, police named 19-year-old Joshua Austin as the man who died, after notifying the next of kin.

According to a community alert, Anchorage police responded to the reported shooting at 8:22 p.m in the Russian Jack Park neighborhood. Police initially wrote that Joshua Austin was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, but then sent out an updated community alert at 10:08 p.m. stating that Austin died and officers were investigating it as a homicide.

Another person involved in the shooting was not charged and has been let go, according to police.

“The person responsible for the shooting has been interviewed by detectives,” police said. “Afterwards he was released, and no charges have been filed. The investigation is ongoing; no further details are available at present time.”

This article has been updated to include additional information.

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