Man opens fire on home in Alaska village, resident shoots him in the leg

Published: Mar. 20, 2018 at 8:31 AM AKDT
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An exchange of gunfire ended in an arrest last weekend in the small Alaska village of Alakanuk.

According to the Alaska State Troopers, who responded to the scene via the Emmonak field office, the shootout began with a man firing rounds into a home in the village.

52-year-old Leroy Patrick allegedly went to a home in Alakanuk some time around 2 a.m. on March 17.

With him, Patrick carried a semi-automatic rifle, which he used to fire a round into the house.

Inside the home was a family of three people, including an 18-month-old baby. Troopers did not say what Patrick's motivation in opening fire was, but did comment that "alcohol was a factor" in the incident.

Patrick allegedly shot one round into the home from the outside, then went into an enclosed porch area, and fired "multiple rounds through the front door while shouting at the occupants."

It was at this point that one of the family members inside "was able to grab a shotgun and while on the floor, fired one round through the door" which hit Patrick in the leg, effectively ending the shootout, troopers said in their report.

The man inside was reportedly struck by bullet fragments, receiving injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.

For the shotgun wound to his leg, Patrick was transported to Emmonak where he was treated. After that, he was arrested on multiple assault charges, a burglary charge, and a charge of misconduct with a weapon.

Troopers reported that his bail was set at $150,000, and that he was transported to YKCC in Bethel.