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Two men die of stab wounds after fight in Western Alaska, troopers say

Two Alakanuk men died early Wednesday after struggling over a knife during a fight, Alaska State Troopers said.

Just after 2 a.m. Wednesday, troopers in nearby Emmonak received a report of two men who had died near the intersection where the Alakanuk Annex Store is located, according to an online report.

Ray Phillip, 39, and Bajon Augline, 25, got into a “domestic dispute that turned physical,” troopers said. An investigation indicated that Phillip pulled out a knife during the fight and the men began to struggle for it, troopers said. They were both stabbed during the incident and died at the scene, according to troopers.

Troopers arrived in the area around 3:15 a.m. and said the two bodies will be brought to Anchorage for an autopsy. The investigation is ongoing.

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