Armed conflict in Chevak leaves one dead

Chevak, AK. (Flickr Creative Commons photo)
Chevak, AK. (Flickr Creative Commons photo)

One person is dead and another wounded after an armed conflict yesterday in the village of Chevak.

An Alaska State Troopers dispatch said 24-year-old Harold Paniyak shot a Village Police Officer and then turned the gun on himself and died by suicide.
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According to another VPO, the suspect shot 40-year-old Officer Derrick McDonald three times before taking his own life. The suspect died instantly, and the wounded officer was medevac’d to a hospital in Anchorage for treatment of life threatening injuries.

Tribal officials from Chevak suspect alcohol to be the primary factor in the incident.

Paniyak was a cross-country runner who placed in the state competition in high school.

His next of kin have been notified of his death.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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