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TUNUNAK, Alaska-On Friday, the Alaska State troopers were informed of a domestic assault that had occurred in the community of Tununak. According to reports, Charlie Kanrilak, age 31, had assaulted his father Leo Kanrilak, age 69. The younger Kanrilak had struck the elder Kanrilak several times in the head with a metal walking cane.
When a tribal officer and a health aide responded to the scene to administer aid to Leo Kanrilak, Charlie Kanrilak met them at the door with a rifle. In fear of being shot, the health aide and TPO retreated from the scene.
Throughout the night, the son repeatedly called the health aides requesting that they help his father as he was bleeding from the head. Kanrilak refused to let the health aides bring the TPO along however.
Alaska State Trooper arrived on the scene on Saturday at about 1 pm, on their arrival and subsequent investigation, they found that Charlie Kanrilak had struck Leo Kanrilak several times with a cane and caused serious injuries. Charlie Kanrilak was arrested and transported to Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel.
Tununak is located on Nelson Island in a small bay on the northeast coast. The community is 519 miles from Anchorage and 115 miles from Bethel. It is a predominately native community of 327.