Buckland VPO Shot By Man With Alcohol

Alaska State Troopers say a 48-year-old village police officer in the northwest Alaska village of Buckland was shot by a man bringing banned alcohol to the village by boat.

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Lorin B. Geary was flown to Anchorage for treatment after the shooting early this morning. Geary is listed in fair condition at Alaska Native Medical Center.

Gary A. Ballot of Buckland was arrested on charges of attempted murder and alcohol importation. The sale and importation of alcohol are banned in Buckland.

Troopers say Geary had received a report that Ballot was traveling to Buckland with alcohol in the boat. According to troopers, Geary went to the beach and met Ballot, who got out of the boat and shot the officer.  Locals took the gun away.