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Nunapitchuk man charged with attempted murder

A 30-year-old Nunapitchuk man was charged with attempted murder Sunday after allegedly shooting at a family member, threatening others and then fleeing in a boat.

Alaska State Troopers in Bethel received a report of an intoxicated man “shooting at and threatening to kill” members of his family at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, the Alaska State Troopers said in an online dispatch Sunday.

Troopers flew in from Bethel to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta village of about 500 people. They used a village police officer’s boat to get to the suspect’s house, the dispatch said.

When troopers got arrived they found Don White, 30, “across the river operating a boat," the dispatch said. “AST pursued and boarded his vessel.”

White was arrested.

Troopers contend that White shot at a family member with a rifle twice and pointed the weapon at other family members, including a child. He was arrested for attempted murder, assault, misconduct involving a weapon, boating under the influence of alcohol and possession of alcohol in the dry village of Nunapitchuk.

White is being held at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel.

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