Man Arrested In Alaska Coast Guard Base Deaths

By: AP
By: AP

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The Coast Guard says an Alaska man arrested in last year's shooting deaths of two employees at a Coast Guard communications station on Kodiak Island was a co-worker of the victims.

The U.S. attorney's office said Friday that James Michael Wells of Kodiak is accused in a federal murder complaint of killing Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and retired Chief Boatswain's Mate Richard Belisle on April 12, 2012.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Sara Francis confirms that "Jim Wells" worked as a civilian Coast Guard employee at the communications station at that time. She said she didn't know his current employment status.

She referred other questions to the U.S. attorney's office, which didn't immediately return calls.

An FBI spokesman said late Friday he couldn't discuss specifics of the case because the criminal complaint was sealed.

An Associated Press phone message left at a Kodiak phone number listed for Wells was not returned.


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