Two Juneau men sought in valley shooting

Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Juneau police are seeking two "persons of interest" who may have been involved in Sunday's shooting outside a Jennifer Drive home in the Mendenhall Valley, they reported Monday.

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Investigators are asking for the public's help in finding 21-year-old Joshua Wade Dutton and 36-year-old Eric Duane Butler, both Juneau residents, for questioning, Police Sgt. Ed Mercer reported.

The Juneau Police Department received the shooting report at 7:47 a.m. Sunday and dispatched officers to the scene, Mercer said. No one was injured in the shooting, he said.

On Sunday, police reported that the investigation determined shots were fired and one of the rounds entered the living room of a neighbor's house. Monday, officers provided more details of what they believe happened.

"An argument ensued between two separate groups outside the residence," Mercer said. "During the argument somebody pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at the other individuals."

The suspects fled the scene when officers arrived, Mercer said. He did not disclose the address of the house on Jennifer Drive, just north of Glacier Valley Elementary School, but did say investigators scoured the scene for evidence Sunday.

Mercer did not say what the argument was about, or how many people may have been involved.

"There are no patterns and previous problems in this area, nor any indication of gang involvement" Capt. Tom Porter said. "This was an isolated incident there."

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Dutton or Butler is asked to call police at 586-0600, Porter said.

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