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Troopers: Ambler man shot at VPO

By KTVA CBS 11 News 6:00 PM May 11, 2014
AMBLER –

An Ambler man is facing an attempted murder charge after threatening to kill a village police officer Saturday, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers said 34-year-old Harry Morena was drunk and belligerent on the VHF radio.

When VPO Jeffery Melton responded and knocked on the door of Morena’s home, according to AST, he heard Morena say, “One shot, one kill.”

Troopers said Morena then shot through the door near where Melton was standing.

As Melton retreated, troopers said, Morena shot through the door twice more.

Troopers said a lifelong friend of Morena’s was able to contact him over the radio and asked if they could talk. Troopers said Morena told his friend he wouldn’t fire at him; he just wanted to kill the VPO.

Morena’s friend met him in the street, troopers said, and convinced him to surrender his weapon.

Troopers said Morena’s elderly mother, who is deaf and blind, was home at the time but had no knowledge of anything going on. According to AST dispatch, troopers who executed a search warrant on Morena’s home found evidence of homebrew alcohol manufacturing.

Morena has been taken to the Kotzebue Jail, where he is awaiting arraignment. He’s charged with second-degree attempted murder, manufacturing alcohol and possessing ingredients for homebrew, misconduct involving a weapon and third-degree assault, troopers said.

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