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The Alaska State Troopers have released the names of the four officers who drew their guns in the first Trooper-involved shooting of 2018. The shootout happened last week in the small village of Pilot Station, when a domestic assault devolved into a tense standoff with law enforcement and ended with the suspect’s death.

Bruce "Gotor" Morgan, age 24, was shot and killed in his truck during an attempted mass shooting in August 2017.
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Gun ownership is an integral part of our identity and economy in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. But that doesn’t mean that gun crimes don’t happen.


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Update: Heckman's death marks the first Trooper-involved shooting of 2018 in the state of Alaska.

Original story: A Pilot Station man fleeing from the law has died after a day-long standoff ended in a shootout with State Troopers. Dwight Heckman, age 27, was found dead Thursday evening in the woods around the village following the gunfire, according to an online Trooper dispatch. No other injuries have been reported.

Alaska State Troopers are looking for an Emmonak resident who allegedly strangled his girlfriend on Saturday.

On Monday, Alaska State Troopers arrested a man in Tuntutuliak for beating his girlfriend.

Bethel City Council selected Burke Waldron to serve as the town's permanent police chief on February 27, 2018.
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Last night, Bethel’s city council selected Burke Waldron to serve as the town’s Chief of Police. It’s a job that Waldron’s been doing on an interim basis for months now. As the Bethel Police Department’s acting chief, he has overseen homicide investigations and staffing issues in a department that is stretched thin.

A former employee is suing AVCP for pushing her out of the organization after she became a parent.
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A former employee is suing the Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) for discrimination. Alexandra Werba claims that the tribal non-profit organization pushed her out of her job shortly after she became a mother and decided to work from home.

The Bethel Police Department is investigating the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of a minor. The crime was reported by a 14-year-old girl, though Acting Police Chief Burke Waldron would not confirm whether she was also the alleged victim.

Last Saturday, the Bethel Police Department arrested a woman for running over an acquaintance with a snowmachine.

A Shageluk man allegedly tried to strangle his ex-girlfriend last week.

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