A man suspected of homicide in Holy Cross died after a standoff with Alaska State Troopers that lasted about 24 hours.
On May 25 at 6:36 p.m., Troopers received a report that someone in Holy Cross had been shot on a boat. Thirty-four-year-old Devyn Walker was suspected of shooting and killing 71-year-old Alden Gerald Walker Sr., troopers wrote in an online statement. Both men are Holy Cross residents.
Troopers wrote that the suspect Walker had barricaded himself in a residence after the shooting.
Troopers from Bethel immediately deployed to Holy Cross. They were joined by the Alaska State Troopers’ Crisis Negotiation Team, Special Emergency Reaction Team, and the Alaska Bureau of Investigations. Law enforcement officers made efforts to negotiate with Walker. The report says that he refused to surrender, and that he fired a gun in the direction of the troopers. No officers were injured.
On the evening of May 26, the Special Emergency Reaction Team made entry into the home where Walker had been barricaded for about 24 hours. During the incident, a trooper fired a gun. When officers entered the residence, they found Walker dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Troopers did not say if the suspect died from the officer’s gunshot. Troopers wrote that Walker’s body will be transported to the state medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing. No law enforcement officers were injured. Next of kin of Alden Walker Sr. and Devyn Walker have been notified.