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Troopers Arrest 17-Year-Old in Sunday Selawik Firearms Incident

Aerial view of Selawik. Image-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Aerial view of Selawik. Image-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Alaska state trooper’s report that there were no injuries reported in Tuesday’s Selawik shooting incident and one arrest has been made.

Troopers say the calls began coming in on Tuesday reporting a morning shooting incident in the community of Selawik, with calls continuing to come in until Thursday.

Interviews were completed by troopers during the investigation, and as a result a 17-year-old juvenile male, whose identity has not been revealed, was arrested on charges that include Assault III and IV, Misconduct Involving Weapons, and Reckless Endangerment.

According to the report, “the 17-year-old male had been drinking and was intoxicated when he assaulted a 13-year-old boy” at approximately 3:50 AM on Tuesday morning. A 32-year-old man, related to the young teen, responded to the scene near the center of the village. An argument broke out, and the 17-year-old teen left, only to return minutes later with a shotgun.

The teen discharged two rounds from the shotgun in the man’s direction as the 32-year-old fled the scene. He fled along with two other individuals, both minors.

Troopers placed the 17-year-old teen under arrest without incident on Thursday. He was transported to the Nome Youth Facility on the above-mentioned charges.

The investigation into the incident is continuing.

Later on Thursday, it was reported to the Alaska State troopers, that 27 lights on the community’s airstrip had been broken out by a 12-year-old minor causing approximately $2500 worth of damage. It was reported that the runway will be closed for most of the next few days until the lights can be replaced.

It is unknown if the runway incident is connected in any way to the earlier incident and investigation.