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Akiachak man arrested for pointing gun at village police officer

A 27-year-old Akiachak man was arrested Friday for allegedly pointing a gun at a tribal police officer.

Troopers received a report of a “disturbance” from the village, at 9:18 p.m. Friday, the AST said in an online dispatch Saturday.

“Matthew Pasitnak, 27…. pointed a shotgun at a tribal police officer,” troopers said.

Alcohol was a factor, according to the statement.

Akiachak is a community of about 625 people northwest of Bethel, in Western Alaska.

Pasitnak was charged with third degree assault and weapons misconduct.

He was taken to the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel.

In 2017, another Akiachak man, Ken Pasitnak, 39, was charged with pointing a rifle at a tribal police officer, according to a KTVA report from the time.

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