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Sitka man arrested after shooting on fishing boat

Sitka police arrested a 35-year-old man accused of shooting a man on a fishing boat Saturday.

Police in the Southeast Alaska city were called to a commercial fishing boat in Eliason Harbor at 5:40 p.m. on Saturday on a report that a man had been shot, the Sitka Police Department said in a statement.

On the boat, officers found a man with a gunshot wound to the thigh and "blunt force trauma" to his head. The extent of the man's injuries was not clear Sunday.

An uninjured woman was also on the boat.

Police wrote that an investigation found that Nathan Leask, 35, had come to the boat with a handgun. When a fight broke out, the gun "was discharged," wounding the victim, police said. It was not clear whether police believed the shooting to be accidental.

Leask fled on foot, police said.

Police searched for Leask and were told that he was in the swimming pool area of  Blatchley Middle School, which they evacuated and searched, according to the statement. The tip turned out not to be true, and Leask was never in the school with a gun, police said.

Sitka police eventually found Leask in a house. He was arrested at about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, and is charged with felony first degree assault and felony fourth degree assault. He was being held on $100,000 bail, police said.

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