Police continue to investigate Eagle-River murder

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 15:11
  • Police investigate the shooting death of Marcus Dushun Cosby, Jr., 24. Dushun was found outside of the Wood River Park Apartments at 16510 Centerfield Drive in Eagle River during a welfare check at 3:30 a.m. Friday, March 11. PHOTO BY AMY ARMSTRONG FOR THE STAR

The Anchorage Police Department has released the name of the man killed in the parking lot of the Wood River Park Apartments early last Friday morning.

APD officers conducting a welfare check early Friday morning based on a phone call from an anonymous call found Marcus Dushun Cosby, Jr., 24, lying dead outside the F block of the apartment complex at 3:32 a.m. on Friday, March 11.

According to the press release issued on Monday, Cosby died from multiple gunshot wounds.

The identity of the victim is the only information police are releasing at this time, according to Rene Oistad.

Other information not being released or commented upon at this time are the following:

The victim’s race or whether he lived in the apartment complex, the number of gunshot wounds his body received or what type of firearm is suspected in the shooting as well as whether or not the caller requesting the welfare check is linked to the shooting.

“We are not releasing any further information at this time and we are not making any comment other than to release the name of the victim,” Oistad said.

She was able to provide a timeline as to the time frame for the APD’s crime scene unit that processed the scene.

Arrival was between 5:30 and 6 a.m. with departure not until nearly 4 p.m. on Friday.

When asked if the nearly ten plus hours the crime scene unit was there is a long period of time or indicative of the amount of evidence being found, Oistad said, “It varies from homicide to homicide. It is not uncommon for the crime scene unit to be there that long. Processing a crime scene is very methodical and it takes a lot of time.”

Oistad also did not know the current condition of an APD officer bitten by a canine owned by one of the residents in the apartment complex. The officer was bitten last Friday afternoon while searching the house when the dog escaped from its kennel. The dog was taken to the Anchorage Animal Care and Control for rabies observation, according to Laura Atwood, animal control spokesperson. No information on whether the canine’s owner was cited was available.

Anchorage police quickly labeled Friday morning’s scene as more than a welfare check.

By 8 a.m. Friday morning, Jennifer Castro, head of the APD’s public affairs unit, said, “We are treating it as a suspicious death investigation. Visibly at the scene regarding this death, we can see suspicious circumstances surrounding it.”

While police aren’t releasing any further information regarding the type of weapon used in the shooting, several residents of the apartment complex posted on Facebook that they heard gunshots around midnight.

Luis Tapia, a resident in the Wood River complex, told The Star via Facebook private messenger that he heard gunshots at approximately midnight and that two vehicles left the scene shortly after the gunshots were fired. He posted on a public timeline that he heard seven gunshots.

Melissa Goins also heard the gunshots. She posted on her Facebook timeline that she heard “about 10 gunshots last night in Eagle River.”

Friday morning’s homicide is the first in Eagle River for 2016 but the second in less than five months.

In the early morning hours of Oct. 30, 2015, Christian Spencer Ballinger, age 26, died from a fatal gunshot wound to the chest police believe was inflicted by a .45 caliber Springfield 1911 found nearby the scene wrapped in sweatshirt worn earlier in the day and the night before by Aaron Nathaniel Trejo, also age 26. Trejo was arrested on Nov. 4, 2015, at a Holiday gas station on Tudor Road in Anchorage. He was charged with two counts of murder: One in the first degree; one in the second degree. Trejo was also charged with tampering with evidence and assault in the third degree (causing fear of injury with a weapon.)

His case is still working its way through the Anchorage court system. His defense – a public defender – has been granted at least one continuance and according to Courtview Justice Solutions – an online tracking of court cases available to the public – Trejo’s case has been continued twice in March for discovery issues. The next scheduled hearing is set for March 25 in Courtroom 303 at the Nesbett Courthouse in downtown Anchorage.

Police ask anyone with information regarding the March 11 shooting of Crosby to contact Anchorage Crimestoppers at 561-STOP or go online to www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com where tips can be reported anonymously.

Connect with Amy Armstrong via email at [email protected] or online at www.facebook.com/pages/Armstrong-Communications-Words-by-Amy-Marie.

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