Troopers: Man fires on Southeast Alaska fishing vessel
Alaska State Troopers arrested a man they say opened fire on a fishing vessel this week, as its crew was harvesting herring near the Southeast Alaska town of Klawock.
Troopers received “a report of an individual shooting at a fishing vessel” off Wadleigh Island, just west of Klawock, shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday according to an online dispatch.
“Investigation revealed Donald Austin, age 60 of Wadleigh Island, had placed the crew in fear of imminent serious physical injury after firing multiple rounds with at least one round striking a fishing vessel,” troopers wrote.
Alcohol was believed to have been a factor in the incident, according to the dispatch.
Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said in an email that Austin had shot at the vessel, the Patty Lynn, from the island’s shoreline. Seven crew members were aboard the Patty Lynn at the time, with two more aboard its nearby skiff.
“The man allegedly fired off 21 rounds,” Peters wrote. “The people on the vessel had no known relationship with Austin.”
Troopers responded from Prince of Wales Island aboard the patrol vessel Interceptor, arresting Austin on nine counts of third-degree assault and two counts of weapons misconduct. He was remanded to the Craig Jail, where he was initially held without bail.
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