Levelock stabbing under investigation as a homicide

On Friday night, Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded to a reported stabbing in Levelock. They found Ellis Lee Kaloke, age 37 of Eagle River, dead. Their investigation discovered a dispute had occurred between Kaloke and a man claiming to be the owner of the residence where the incident occurred.

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Sergeant Luis Nieves of the Alaska State Troopers said the incident is being investigated as a homicide.

“At this point we have a individual who is claiming that he’s the homeowner and that he is claiming self-defense in that incident,” Nieves said. “At this point we are continuing to investigate this situation as a homicide and to determine the validity of the claim of self-defense.”

Troopers report that alcohol was a factor in the incident. Next of kin have been notified.