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Location: Russian Mission
Type: Multiple Warrant Arrests, Attempted Murder, Robbery 1, Robbery 2 X multiple, MIW2, Assault 2 X multiple, Assault 3 x multiple, Assault 4 X multiple, Burglary 1, Theft 2, Harassment 1, Criminal Mischief 3 X multiple.

Dispatch Text:


Investigation by Alaska State Troopers determined that Tyler Housler, 14-year-old D. H., and Jalen Minock were involved in shooting Justin Edwards, age 46 of Russian Mission, on 7/28/2021. The three were also involved in shooting into a house occupied by numerous adults and children.  AST responded to the village on 7/29/21 and attempted to locate and arrest the suspects.  All parties fled and eluded troopers.  AST went back to the village numerous times in an attempt to arrest the suspects.  Tyler Housler was observed on several occasions to take a boat and flee in extremely hazardous weather conditions on the Yukon River.  On one attempt AST rented a boat and driver and went upriver checking fish camps and sloughs but were unable to locate the suspects.  AST has also used borrowed ATVs to check fish camps and outlying areas of the village.     

On 8/04/21 AST and US Marshals were able to locate and arrest Jalen Minock on an arrest warrant for Attempted Murder I and Assault. 

There were multiple reports of sightings of Tyler Housler in Russian Mission, Marshall and Pilot Station reported to AST throughout the summer.  AST traveled to the villages on multiple occasions and searched buildings and camps but were unable to locate Housler.

On 10/25/21 AST located D.H. in Russian Mission and arrested him on an arrest warrant for Attempted Murder I and Assault.

On 11/10/21 it was reported Tyler Housler, Stephan Duffy and Bryce Housler were involved in a multitude of crimes in Russian Mission.  The three were involved in assaulting and strangling at least three victims in separate events as well as attempting to rob them.  Tyler Housler stole a gun from one victim during the night.  Tyler Housler rammed his snowmachine into the front door of one house attempting to gain entry.  Tyler Housler threatened to kill all parties at the house.  On 11/11/21 AST attempted to locate the suspects in the village, but they fled as AST arrived.         

On 11/15/2021 at 1800 hours Alaska State Troopers from St. Mary’s and Bethel traveled to Russian Mission via state plane and contacted Tyler Housler, age 20 of Russian Mission and Bryce Housler, age 18 of Russian Mission at their residence. Simultaneously, a second team of troopers were able to locate Stephan Duffy, age 32 of Russian Mission at his residence. All were taken into custody without incident.

All five are now in custody at YKCC and the DJJ in Bethel.  All face multiple felony and misdemeanor charges from multiple AST incidents throughout the last four months. 

Original Release:

On July 28, 2021, at approximately 0315 hours, the Alaska State Troopers received a report that an adult male was shot in the village of Russian Mission.  Troopers from Bethel and St. Mary’s attempted to respond via state aircraft in the morning, but poor weather in Russian Mission prevented their flight.  Troopers were able to land in Russian Mission at approximately 1350 hours.  A preliminary investigation revealed six people were returning from a boat trip at approximately 0300 hours when they came upon three males hiding in the woods waiting for them armed with long guns.  A fight ensued over a shotgun, and it fired.  A second shooter fired a shotgun and struck an adult male in the torso and right arm.  The injured man ran and was later picked up and brought to the village clinic.  The rest of the boating party retreated to a residence when moments later, approximately five rounds were fired from a shotgun into the residence.  Four adults and seven children were in the residence when it was fired upon.  All took cover, and no one was injured.  All suspects fled the area and were not located after Troopers searched the village. The injured adult male was medevaced to an Anchorage area hospital for medical treatment.  The investigation continues.

Posted on 7/29/2021 10:27:21 AM by DPS\ajmcdaniel

Posting Section: C Detachment