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Story last updated at 4:49 PM on Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Shooting probe continues

Troopers say they have no suspects in shooting death of Anchor Point man

By Michael Armstrong
Staff Writer

Alaska State Troopers are still investigating the death of an Anchor Point man found dead early Sunday of apparent gunshot wounds.

A friend found Demian Sagerser, 40, dead in his home on David Avenue north of Anchor Point near Stariski Creek about 12:30 a.m. July 8. The Alaska Bureau of Investigation, Soldotna, is investigating the case as a homicide.

Troopers said a preliminary investigation showed Sagerser suffered several gunshot wounds. The State Medical Examiner's office did an autopsy on Tuesday, but troopers have not released results.

Next of kin has been notified.

Sagerser lived in a small cabin on David Avenue just east of the Sterling Highway near Mile 149. The cabin had a new arctic entryway attached, and several handcrafted birdhouses hung on the front wall. Paint sprayed on the gravel road marked the crime scene.

A wooded, sparsely settled area, Sagerser's nearest neighbors, Tammi Edge and Phil Curry, live about 600 feet away to the east. Edge and Curry said they didn't hear gunshots or anything suspicious that night. Cars going to or from Sagerser's cabin wouldn't pass by anyone else.

According to online court records, Sagerser has a criminal history dating back to 1992, with 19 charges of assault, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, reckless driving, marijuana possession and criminal trespassing.

Edge and Curry said they saw a different side of Sagerser.

"He was just a good friend," Edge said. "He had a heart of gold. He always cared about everybody. ... He never wronged us."

"He kept his issues away from us," Curry said.

Friends who commented on an earlier Homer News web story on Sagerser's death called him "a wacky harmless freak," and spoke of his compassion, his intelligence, his patience and the way he made them laugh.

Sagerser was to report to Homer District Court on Monday morning for trial call for his most recent charge, a February 2011 assault and criminal trespassing case. Homer Police arrested Sagerser after an altercation with bouncers at the Alibi Bar on Pioneer Avenue. In that criminal complaint, police said Sagerser had several trespass notices against him and had had many contacts with law enforcement.

No suspects have been identified in Sagerser's death. Many rumors about Sagerser's death have been circulating in Anchor Point, including one where Sagerser was said to have died trying to protect two women. If that's true, Curry said he hoped Sagerser wouldn't be railroaded for his criminal past.

"If he stepped up, I'd like to see him get his due," Curry said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Alaska State Troopers at (907) 262-4453.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.