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Person who shot village police officer in Y-K Delta apprehended after fleeing to Bethel, troopers say

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: March 16
  • Published March 16

A person who shot and injured a village police officer in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta community of Nunapitchuk on Tuesday was apprehended after they fled to Bethel, Alaska State Troopers said.

Troopers identified the suspect as 37-year-old Nunapitchuk resident Daris Larson and said that charges were “forthcoming.”

Troopers in Bethel were notified shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday that a prisoner “who was being secured at the Nunapitchuk Public Safety Building” shot a village police officer and escaped, troopers said in an online report.

The village police officer was flown to Bethel for treatment and was in stable condition, according to troopers.

Bethel troopers responded to the village to search for the suspect. An investigation showed that “the suspect had fled Nunapitchuk on a snowmachine and went to Bethel,” troopers said.

The Southern Special Emergency Reaction Team — working with the Bethel Police Department and local troopers — found Larson, who was taken into custody around 8 p.m., according to troopers.

Nunapitchuk is a community of about 500 people located northwest of Bethel.