Bethel man arrested after standoff with police
A Bethel man accused of pointing a shotgun at police officers last weekend and striking another person with the weapon was arrested on multiple assault charges.
According to a Bethel Police Department Facebook post, officers were called just before 9:30 p.m. Saturday to an Atsaq Street residence outside which an armed suspect – later identified as 37-year-old William Wassillie – was reportedly assaulting a female.
“As officers arrived, [Wassillie] pointed the shotgun at one of the officers and refused to drop the weapon when ordered to,” police wrote. “Officers maneuvered to a covered position as Mr. Wassilie ran into the residence and barricaded himself inside.”
Police spoke with the assault victim, who told officers that Wassillie had used the weapon to hit her in the face. Officers also tried to speak with Wassillie inside the home, but weren’t successful.
“At approximately [10:54 p.m.], a team of officers forced entry into the residence and after a struggle, were able to take Mr. Wassilie into custody,” police wrote. “Officers recovered the shotgun believed to be used in the assaults.”
Alcohol was a factor in the case, police said.
Wassillie was held on three counts of assault, plus charges of weapons misconduct and resisting arrest. Court records show he was arraigned and appointed a public defender on Monday.