Wasilla police arrest new suspect in shooting

Zaz Hollander

WASILLA -- Police have arrested the older brother of a Wasilla man originally charged with a shooting at a local bar after witnesses told them they had the wrong man.

Pulled over by Wasilla officers after a brief pursuit Tuesday morning, 22-year-old Donald Lee told police he fired shots at two National Guard members at Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill, Deputy Chief Greg Wood said. No one was hurt.

But at Lee's arraignment Tuesday, witnesses told officers, "That's not the guy," Wood said.

They identified 35-year-old Duane R. Aylsworth as the man who fired a single-action Colt revolver at the two men as they ducked for cover behind a van in the bar parking lot, Wood said.

Aylsworth confronted the men earlier that night after they came to the defense of a female companion, the deputy chief said. Lee tried to calm things down, he said.

The brothers left the bar together, and Lee -- the driver -- led police on a chase down the Parks Highway and onto narrow Old Matanuska Road before stopping at Fairview Loop Road, Wood said.

Aylsworth was arrested on two counts of attempted murder Wednesday and other charges and jailed at Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in lieu of $250,000 bail, police said.

Wood said he expected attempted murder charges against Lee to be dismissed, though he still faces potential charges of eluding and hindering prosecution because he lied to officers.

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