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Russian Mission man shot to death in his home, Alaska State Troopers say

Posted on AllSides February 9th, 2024
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A 46-year-old resident of the Yukon River village of Russian Mission died Monday in a shooting at his home, Alaska State Troopers said.

Richard Pitka, a 45-year-old Russian Mission resident, is facing charges of second-degree murder in the shooting. Patrick Changsak was pronounced dead at the village clinic Monday evening, according to a criminal complaint filed with charges.

A witness said he saw Pitka go to Changsak’s home holding a rifle with a wooden stock and heard two gunshots, one as Pitka was on the porch and the next 10 seconds...

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