Details emerge in Kenai homicide

Several witnesses reportedly saw the suspect fleeing the scene

Several witnesses were nearby when a Kenai man allegedly shot and killed his mother on Tuesday afternoon, according to an affidavit filed by the Kenai Police Department at the Kenai Courthouse on Tuesday.

The Kenai Police on Feb. 18 at around 3:02 p.m. investigated a 911 call reporting a gunshot and a woman bleeding in her home on Fourth Avenue in Kenai. Police arrived at the scene to find Rita Green, 51, of Kenai, dead on the floor of a garage with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head, according to the affidavit.

Several witnesses alleged that Philip Green, 22, of Kenai, had shot and killed his mother, Rita, and then left the residence on foot. One witness was reportedly in the garage and in close proximity to Rita Green when they heard a gunshot and saw Green on the floor, bleeding from her head.

The witness reported seeing Philip Green leave the garage and go into the house. Green then allegedly exited the house through the front door and began traveling towards Fourth Avenue, according to the affidavit.

Another witness reported hearing the gunshot and seeing a person matching the description of Green traveling west on foot. The witness said that the person was carrying a backpack and wearing a black ski mask, according to the affidavit.

Police found Philip Green at the intersection of Second Avenue and Evergreen Street, about five blocks southwest of the crime scene. Green declined to be interviewed without an attorney present and was taken into custody, according to the affidavit. Green was allegedly in possession of a backpack. After a search warrant was issued, police reported finding a 9mm Ruger handgun and a black ski mask inside the backpack. Green also had a 9mm bullet in his possession, according to the affidavit.

Green faces one charge of first-degree murder and was arraigned at the Kenai Courthouse on Wednesday. Green is currently remanded at Wildwood Pretrial Facility, and his next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 28.

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