Troopers make arrest in shooting death of Alakanuk man

Afternoon FastCast Aug. 22, 2023
Published: Aug. 22, 2023 at 3:23 PM AKDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2023 at 10:38 AM AKDT
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ALAKANUK, Alaska (KTUU) - A man is dead after a reported shooting in the town of Alakanuk in Western Alaska, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers said in a dispatch that authorities received a report of a shooting in the early hours of Tuesday morning, just past 1 a.m., according to AST.

According to reports, Kobe Cook, 20, entered a residence and began fighting with another man. Troopers said a third man, 19-year-old Josiah Chikigak, then shot Cook multiple times.

Troopers said Cook “left the residence and was transported to the clinic” where he died from his injuries.

Troopers from Emmonak were called to the area after the initial report.

Chikigak was later arrested by troopers, who charged him with second-degree murder. Chikigak was jailed at Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel.

Cook’s body will be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage. Next of kin have been notified.

This story has been updated with additional information.