Russian Mission shooting suspect allegedly goes on another rampage after evading troopers for months

Russian Mission in 2018. (Dept. of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development)

A suspect in a shooting in Russian Mission had been on the loose for months when state troopers say he went on another rampage last week, allegedly assaulting, threatening and attempting to rob members of the community. Alaska State Troopers finally arrested him five days later.

It began on July 28. According to the Alaska State Troopers, 20-year-old Tyler Housler, 21-year-old Jalen Minock, and a 14 year-old ambushed a group of boaters in Russian Mission, shooting and injuring one man. Troopers said the three also fired a gun into a house full of adults and children. No one was hurt in that later shooting.

Troopers went to the village the next day on July 29 but could not find the suspect. Troopers went back multiple times, checking fish camps and sloughs outside of the village by boat and four-wheeler.

After a week, on Aug. 4, they found and arrested one of the suspects, Jalen Minock. Minock is charged with attempted murder and assault.

Throughout the summer, people called troopers saying they had seen one of the suspects, Tyler Housler, in Russian Mission, Marshall and Pilot Station. Troopers responded to those calls but could not find Housler.

On Oct. 25, troopers located the 14-year-old suspect in Russian Mission. The teenager is also charged with attempted murder and assault.

Then, on Nov. 10, troopers received a report that Tyler Housler and two others, 32-year-old Stephan Duffy and 18-year-old Bryce Housler, were terrorizing residents of Russian Mission.

Troopers said the three men assaulted and strangled at least three victims in separate incidents while trying to rob them. According to reports, Tyler Housler stole a gun from one victim, rammed his snowmachine into the front door of a house trying to get in and threatened to kill everyone inside.

The next day troopers arrived in Russian Mission, but the suspects fled and evaded capture.

On Nov. 15, five days after the initial report, troopers traveled to Russian Mission again and found the suspects at their homes.

All five suspects are in custody, either at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center or the Bethel Youth Facility, and all five face multiple felony and misdemeanor charges for incidents spanning the four months that some of them evaded troopers.

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