Last year, Dylan Moss was a Good Samaritan who joined a team of strangers to help save a bicyclist’s life, after she had been run over by a vehicle and had the car’s tire sitting on her chest in an Airport Heights neighborhood. While some men helped lift the vehicle, Moss brought a vehicle jack to lift the car off the woman. The men worked quickly and the woman, who was a mother of a young child, lived through the ordeal, although she had severe injuries that required hospitalization.
Moss was a hero that day.
On Saturday, however, Moss was arrested for murder, after he allegedly shot and killed a man in the 7300 block of Huntsmen Circle, off of Foxridge Way near C Street in the early hours of the morning.
Police responded at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday to reports of a shooting; the man with gunshot wounds to his upper body died after being taken to the hospital by medics, and Moss, 24, was arrested and charged with second degree murder. It was Moss who had placed the call to 911 and Moss remained cooperative with police when they arrived, police said. Moss apparently knew the victim.
After he was taken to the Anchorage Police Department for questioning, Moss was charged with second-degree murder and fourth-degree misconduct involving a weapon. He was booked in the Anchorage Correctional Complex.
“The dynamics of the incident, to include the motive, are still under investigation,” police said in an update on the report.
Moss, now in custody, had been lauded for his heroic efforts last May. The Anchorage Assembly passed a resolution in July honoring him for his selfless actions.
Resolution No. AR 2023-201, was given to Moss during a July Assembly meeting, said, in part,
- WHEREAS, Dylan Moss, a mechanic at the nearby Chevron station, realized an accident occurred across the street and sprung to action; and
- WHEREAS, Moss recognized that specialty equipment would be needed to extract the pinned cyclist and grabbed a 2.5-ton floor jack from the station before sprinting to the scene of the accident with the heavy piece of equipment; and
- WHEREAS, Dylan expertly placed the jack under the rear of the vehicle and immediately worked to lift the car off the cyclist; and
- WHEREAS, Dylan’s quick response allowed the Anchorage Fire Department crews arriving at the scene to prioritize the injured cyclist rather than wait for extraction equipment to be brought out; and
WHEREAS, Moss worked in conjunction with Anchorage Fire Department crews to extract the pinned cyclist prior to the arrival of the ambulance; and
WHEREAS, the Anchorage Fire Department crews involved in the call stated that Dylan’s actions were nothing short of heroic and likely saved the cyclist’s life; and
NOW, THEREFORE, the Anchorage Assembly recognizes and honors Dylan Moss for his heroic and lifesaving actions.
After receiving his accolades from the Assembly, Moss turned and pointed to the back of the Assembly chambers, where the other rescuers of the woman stood watching the ceremony, and he gave them credit for their efforts in the rescue.