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Coast Guard commander shot to death in Alaska

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The commanding officer of the Coast Guard's communications station on St. Paul Island was shot to death in what is believed to be the first homicide on Coast Guard property, a spokesman said.

Chief Warrant Officer Timothy A. Harris, 33, was found dead with several gunshot wounds Tuesday outside the administrative office at the Long Range Navigation Station.

A suspect was in custody but no charges had been filed, said Greg Wilkinson, a spokesman for the Alaska State Troopers. Authorities didn't release the suspect's name.

"This is a sad day for the Coast Guard," said Petty Officer Roger Wetherell.

The death is being investigated by the Coast Guard, troopers and the FBI.

Harris, a 17-year Coast Guard veteran, was assigned as commanding officer of the station on July 3, Wetherell said. He had transferred from New Orleans, where his wife and two children still live.