Palmer man shot, killed after suspect claims victim sexually assaulted his wife

Published: Oct. 31, 2017 at 9:14 AM AKDT
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One man is dead and another is in police custody following a shooting in Palmer early Monday morning.

Palmer Police Department officers responded to a home on Daron Drive just before 10 a.m. on Oct. 30. There, they found the body of Tuan Q. Nguyen, 32, who had been shot and killed.

Officers then arrested Duyvu Nguyen, 40, and charged a single count of first degree murder. He told police that he killed Tuan because Tuan "allegedly sexually assaulted Duyvu's wife," police wrote in a statement Tuesday.

According to authorities, that allegation is currently uncorroborated, and is being investigated. In charging documents, the suspect claims his wife told him that Tuan sexually assaulted her, and in response, he drove from his home in Anchorage to Tuan's home in Palmer, and killed him.

Lance Ketterling, chief of the Palmer Police Department, said that "the two men are not related to our knowledge."

Duyvu apparently identified himself as the killer, and was the only witness at the time of the shooting, Ketterling said.

"Tuan appears to have been shot multiple times with a .45," Ketterling said.

In charging documents, police state that Tuan was found shot twice in the head inside the apartment. Duyvu was found sitting on the porch with his hands up and the weapon next to him.

This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.