Troopers Determine Afognak Shooting Incident Accidental, Identify Victim

The investigation into what was reported as an accidental shooting near the Evergreen Timber logging camp has been concluded after troopers traveled to Danger Bay to look into the circumstances.

The Alaska State Troopers concurred with the statements given by witnesses to the incident.


Their investigation discovered that 42-year-old Evergreen Timber employee Rick Aschenbrenner had accidently caused the shotgun in his possession to discharge striking 42-year-old Shawn Strauss while preparing to go beach combing on Afognak Island.

According to the report, Aschenbrenner was removing the shotgun from the driver’s side of the vehicle when it caught on something, and while pushing it back to its spot, the shotgun discharged hitting Strauss, who was sitting on the passenger side, in the leg.

No criminal charges were forwarded and Aschenbrenner, Strauss, and the Evergreen Timber company were fully cooperative with the troopers during their investigation.

After the shooting incident, Strauss was transported to Kodiak by Andrew Air for treatment of her injury at Kodiak’s Providence hospital.

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