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Troopers: No more information on McGee homicide in Soldotna

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Alaska State Troopers continued their investigation into the shooting of 23-year-old Brendan McGee in Soldotna last Friday, but released no more information Monday.

Trooper spokesperson Beth Ipsen said that the homicide investigation is ongoing. "We just have to be patient," Ipsen said.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife law enforcement supervisor Chris Johnson said that three of his officers had assisted the troopers in a search for a suspect or suspects. Johnson said that the officers combed the woods and "a gravel pit" on four wheelers during last Friday's manhunt. One Special Emergency Reaction Team officer from Kenai joined the troopers as well, according to Sergeant Scott McBride of the Kenai Police Department. McBride said that the officer, whose team is similar to the SWAT, has training in entries and tracking.

"They had him there in the woods looking for people, or one person," McBride said.

Troopers and other law enforcement agencies searched a section of western Soldotna along Kalifornsky Beach Road between Andrews Avenue and Poppy Lane. The shooting was reported at 1:50 pm. Residents of the neighborhood said that police told them that they were reasonably sure the suspect had left the area.

Tony Cella can be reached at tony.cella@peninsulaclarion.com.



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