Alaska State Troopers say they arrested a tribal police officer (TPO) after he stole alcohol being held as evidence, drank it and then fought a man, putting him in the hospital.


Troopers were first called to the village of Kongiganak around 5 p.m. on Thursday to investigate a fight, according to an online dispatch.


One of the men involved in the fight, 26-year-old Derek Black, was being treated at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hospital for injuries he suffered during the fight with 25-year-old Scott Hill, the village’s TPO.


Hill and Black had been drinking, according to troopers. Hill allegedly stole the alcohol from the village’s public safety building, where it was being held as evidence in a case being prosecuted in tribal court.


Troopers charged Hill with second- and fourth-degree assault and arraigned in Bethel court on Saturday. No bail information was immediately available.


Kongiganak is located roughly 75 miles southwest of Bethel in western Alaska.