Troopers investigate accidental shooting in McGrath

Devin Kelly

Alaska State Troopers are investigating an incident in McGrath earlier this week where a 37-year-old man said he was accidentally shot in the leg by a family member.

Early Monday morning, the medical clinic in McGrath reported to troopers a 911 call of man with a gunshot wound in the leg.

Two McGrath-based troopers responded to investigate. The 37-year-old man had a .22 caliber gunshot wound to his left knee, and told the troopers he was accidentally shot by a family member.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was later taken to the McGrath Medical Clinic and flown to Anchorage for treatment of the injury, which is non-life-threatening.

A witness told troopers that the man had been drinking at the home of a relative when he refused to leave, and the two men began to argue. A struggle ensued, and the .22 caliber pistol went off, striking and injuring the 37-year-old, troopers said.

Troopers are investigating possible charges of weapons misconduct and criminal trespass.

About 320 people live in the Kuskokwim River community about 221 miles northwest of Anchorage.

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