Alaska teen accused in family killing rampage after being released from jail

A 6-year-old cousin's life was saved by defective bullets, authorities said

An Alaska teen fatally shot four relatives -- including two children -- on Monday, a week after being released from jail for an alleged family assault, authorities said. 

Malachi Maxon is suspected of opening fire on his cousin, Cody Roehl, 18, at a home near Wasilla around 3 p.m. Authorities received a call around 3:13 p.m. saying there was a suicide at the home and Roehl was found wounded. 

Maxon is accused of then stealing a Jeep Liberty and semiautomatic Glock pistol, and fleeing the home. He arrived at his aunt's home in Palmer and allegedly broke into the residence. Police said he shot his aunt, Kimora Buster, 43, and his two cousins Ellison Buster, 7, and Sienna Buster, 10, the Associated Press reported. 

The children were found dead by first responders. Kimora Buster died at a hospital.

Two other children also were at the home. An unidentified 6-year-old boy identified only as "AB" in charging documents was found alive near his brother, Ellison, authorities said. His life was spared because of defective bullets, they said. 

Alaska State Troopers investigate a fatal shooting scene at a home on North Valley Way in Palmer, Alaska on Monday. An 18-year-old Alaska man just out of jail for assaulting a family member has been charged with killing four members of his family, including two cousins under the age of 10, charging documents said. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

Alaska State Troopers investigate a fatal shooting scene at a home on North Valley Way in Palmer, Alaska on Monday. An 18-year-old Alaska man just out of jail for assaulting a family member has been charged with killing four members of his family, including two cousins under the age of 10, charging documents said. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

"The scene revealed spent cartridge casings outside the broken front window, and the number of bullets fired at each person appeared to be about the same, with the exception of Ellison. In the bed where Ellison and AB were found, there were several more bullet defects than there were with the other bodies that indicated Maxon was likely trying to shoot AB, who was sleeping near the wall," the documents said. 

Maxon had been staying with his aunt for a few days. He was released from jail on Nov. 23 with an electronic monitoring device, which authorities used to track him down. 

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He was arrested when state troopers pulled over the stolen vehicle. He tried to escape while he was in custody and attempted to take a trooper's holster but was subdued, the Daily Mail reported. 

When he was photographed following his arrest, troopers found lacerations and other wounds on his legs that appeared to be from broken glass. An audio recording from a surveillance camera in the home caught the sounds of the shooting and glass breaking. The charging documents also allege the recording captured sounds of Maxon walking over the broken glass as he left.

He faces four first-degree murder charges, attempted first-degree murder, second-degree theft, first-degree vehicle theft, third-degree assault and first-degree attempted escape.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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