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Cooper Landing Man Arrested for Murder After Altercation

By Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer,
Published On: Dec 05 2013 01:53:00 PM AKST

Alaska State Troopers have arrested a Cooper Landing man on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of a California man at his home reported early Thursday.

Troopers have identified the deceased as 27-year-old Genghis Muskox, following notification of his next of kin. The Associated Press says his presence in Alaska can be tracked back to a nonresident sport fishing license he was issued in 2003.

According to a Thursday AST dispatch, troopers responded to the home of suspect Paul Vermillion, 30, after he called Soldotna troopers at about 2 a.m. Thursday.

“(Vermillion) stated that there had been an altercation at his  residence off of Snug Harbor road in Cooper Landing, and an adult male was deceased,” troopers wrote. “Based upon initial observation and evidence obtained at the scene, it appears that (Muskox) suffered a gunshot wound that may have contributed to his death.”

Muskox's body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage for an autopsy. Both AST and the Alaska Bureau of Investigation are working on the case.

AST spokesperson Megan Peters was taking questions from the media Thursday afternoon but refused to immediately discuss the case any further, citing the pending nature of the investigation.

“I don’t know when we will be answering those questions,” Peters said.

Vermillion was taken to the Wildwood Pretrial Facility in Kenai.