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Seward man arrested, two dead after Monday shooting

A Seward man has been arrested for murder after a confrontation and shooting on Monday night.

Joseph Chandler, 30, allegedly shot and killed Dustin Marx, 28 of Seward, and Michael White, 40 after an argument broke out, according to court documents.

The Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center received a report of a shooting in the Seward area at 6:06 p.m. In an affidavit from Alaska State Trooper John King, Chandler called the troopers to report that he shot and killed the men.

Once on the scene, King went to confirm that the two men were dead. According to the affidavit, Chandler shot the men inside their van after he had told them to leave the property.

“I shot Dustin Marx in the head and I expended the rest of my magazine into Michael White as he was scurrying (from the front to the back of the van),” Chandler said, according to the affidavit.

Chandler told King that the men were not supposed to be on his property which led to a 20 minute argument, with Marx calling Chandler names, making threats and gestures.

“I asked Chandler if there was something specific in the incident that caused him to draw his gun, and he indicated it was when Marx said he would kill him ‘eventually,’” King wrote in the affidavit.

There were no weapons found in the van.

After further investigation, Chandler was placed under arrest for two counts of murder in the first degree. He was remanded to Seward Jail and held without bail.