The brave actions of a VPO and a concerned citizen helped put a stop to the violent actions of a Kivalina man Thursday night, troopers say.
In a dispatch report, troopers detailed the events leading up to the arrest of 25-year-old Quunguq Hawley just before 4 p.m. on Thursday. Witnesses reported the intoxicated Hawley assaulted Rosswell Stalker, 24, at his residence with a knife. Hawley then wielded a shotgun and fired several shots around the home, challenging anyone to fight him, according to the report.
While troopers were en route to the scene, VPO Henry Swan and concerned citizen Jerome Onalik were able to successfully sneak up on Hawley and tackle him. They were able to disarm him, which allowed Swan to take him into custody.
As of publication, DPS spokeswoman Megan Peters was unable to report the medical status of Stalker, but confirmed Hawley was remanded to the Kotzebue Regional Jail facility under the charge of third degree Assault and two charges of fourth degree Misconduct Involving A Weapon.
Update: Peters reports Stalker was not harmed during the assault, and charges against Hawley regarding the assault were issued for causing "the victim [to be] placed in fear of their life or serious injury."