Northwest Alaska Man Arrested after Assault/Weapons Incident in Buckland

Aerial view of Buckland, Image-U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Aerial view of Buckland, Image-U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Alaska State Troopers in Kotzebue and Selawik responded to Buckland on Monday morning following a report of an assault incident with shots-fired incident.

As troopers were arriving at Buckland, 28-year-old Rodney Hadley turned himself in to Buckland Village Police Officers.

The preliminary investigation into the incident revealed that Hadley had, while intoxicated, threatened community members with a pistol “before firing the weapon multiple times,” troopers reported.

Following that investigation, Hadley was transported to Kotzebue and remanded to the Kotzebue Regional Jail and charged with two counts of Assault 3rd degree, Assault 4th degree (DV), Reckless Endangerment, Misconduct involving weapons (MIW) 2nd degree, four counts of MIW 4th degree and Criminal Mischief 4th degree.

Buckland (Nunatchiaq in Iñupiaq) is a village with a population of just over 400 located on the west bank of the Buckland River, about 75 air miles southeast of Kotzebue in Northwest Arctic Borough.

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