Kodiak homicide victims identified

A suspect is still reported at large in what investigators are calling a double-homicide at a Kodiak Coast Guard station on Thursday morning.

FBI spokesman Eric Gonzales did not identify the suspect.

The victims have been identified as Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins, an electronics technician, and Richard Belisle, a civilian employee and retired Coast Guard chief petty officer.

The two men were found shot to death in one of the buildings at Communications Station Kodiak by coworkers when they arrived between 7 and 8 a.m. on Thursday.

Sometimes referred to as ComSta Kodiak within the service, the station is a high-security area, responsible for radio communications throughout the North Pacific and Bering Sea. Coast Guard Captain Karl Moore says because of the sensitive nature of the area, there are several video surveillance cameras in the vicinity. He says the FBI will be reviewing them.

Since the killings took place on federal property, the FBI has jurisdiction. Military police, the Coast Guard Investigative Service and the Alaska State Troopers are assisting.

Security patrols at the Coast Guard base and the surrounding residential neighborhoods have been increased, but the base, and Petersen Elementary School which is on base, are open Friday.

Coast Guard Base Kodiak is the largest in the nation, with about 2,000 military and civilian employees.

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