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Man charged with attempted murder in shooting of village police officer in Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

A 37-year-old man is facing charges of attempted murder and assault after he shot a Nunapitchuk village police officer from inside a holding cell Tuesday, Alaska State Troopers said.

Daris Larson was being held at the Nunapitchuk Police Department after he was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to an affidavit filed in support of a criminal complaint.

A village police officer was talking with Larson at the cell door when Larson “pulled a black semi-automatic .45-caliber handgun from his waist and shot (the officer) in the stomach,” the affidavit said.

Larson shot at the lock on the cell door and escaped after the lock broke, according to the affidavit. He fled to the home of a family member and took off on snowmachine, the affidavit said. Investigation showed that Larson had headed toward Bethel, and the troopers’ Special Emergency Reaction Team worked alongside Bethel police and local troopers to search for him, troopers wrote in an online report. He was arrested around 8 p.m., about five hours after troopers were notified of the shooting, according to troopers.

The wounded officer went to the Nunapitchuk Clinic before being taken to Anchorage for medical treatment, the affidavit said.

Larson was charged with first-degree attempted murder, three counts of assault, one count of escape and three charges of misconduct involving weapons. He is being held on a $100,000 bond at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel.

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