4th of July firearm related arrests

by Sophie Evan on July 8, 2013

photo courtesy of AST

photo courtesy of AST

The Alaska State Troopers responded to two firearm related incidents on the fourth of July.

The first was in Lower Kalskag during the early evening hours of the fourth. Troopers say they were asked by adult probation to check in on 26-year old Dustin Kerr of Lower Kalskag.

Troopers say they found Kerr at his residence under the influence of alcohol, and in violation of his felony probation.

Kerr subsequently reached for a shotgun while holding a shotgun shell. He allegedly resisted arrest, injuring a State Trooper.

Kerr was arrested and charged with Felony probation violation, Assault in the third degree, Resisting Arrest, and Misconduct Involving a Weapon in the fourth degree. Kerr is being held at the State Jail here in Bethel without bail.

The second incident happened in the tundra village of Kasigluk.

Troopers say they got a call about an assault late on the forth of July. Troopers say upon further investigation, 48-year old Stanley Berlin, under the influence of alcohol, allegedly pointed a rifle at four people walking outside his home.

The four people reported to have been put in fear of their lives after Berlin pointed the rifle at them.

Troopers could not find Berlin in Kasigluk, and say assault charges will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office.


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