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APD: Chugiak Couple Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

By Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer, cklint@ktuu.com
Published On: Oct 17 2013 08:00:00 AM AKDT
Updated On: Oct 17 2013 09:00:00 PM AKDT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -

A police dispatcher spoke with a Chugiak couple moments before an apparent murder-suicide during the early hours of Thursday morning.

40-year-old Nita Kilapsuk of Nuiqsut "was calling to tell us that she was being held against her will," said APD Sgt. Michael Couturier, who responded to the scene.

She reported that her boyfriend, 49-year-old Michael Hagood of Anchorage, had a gun and would not her leave a People Mover bus that was converted into a residence.

While on the phone with a dispatcher, Hagood was apparently talked down for a moment.

But then the phone went silent, maybe because someone hung up, maybe because of bad reception.

Whatever the case, police arrived at the Valley Avenue residence within seven minutes, and they heard two shots fired almost immediately after they got on scene.

Officers checked to make sure they were not at risk and quickly realized what happened.

Couturier said police are still investigating and trying to figure out what exactly went wrong.

The families have been notified.

Editor's Note: Channel 2's Austin Baird contributed to this report.