Kalskag schools locked down as Troopers work to arrest domestic violence suspect

Alaska State Troopers (KTUU News)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Three Kuskokwim-River community schools were on lockdown Tuesday while Troopers respond to a domestic violence report. Troopers are still trying to take the man into custody late Tuesday afternoon.

Bernard Grieve, superintendent of the Kuspuk School District, said Tuesday afternoon that the Kalskag schools are on lockdown due to reports of a person walking around the village carrying a gun. The schools will hold bus transportation until Troopers can find the person.

An Alaska State Troopers spokesperson says Troopers are in the community investigating a domestic violence incident in Upper Kalskag. The incident was reported at about 8 a.m. Spokesperson Megan Peters says she does not have information as to whether the suspect is armed, but that Troopers have located the suspect, identified as 35-year-old Ray Steeves, and are working to arrest him safely.

Troopers say Steeves assaulted a person in his home who had to be transported out of the community for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

An updated Trooper report on the incident just before 4 p.m. said Stevens was found on a ridge outside of town and Troopers were still working to take him into custody.

Grieve says there are about 170 students among the three local schools, with about 55 students at the Joseph and Olinga Gregory Elementary School, 45 students at Zackar Levi Elementary School and 70 students at George Morgan Sr. High School.

Reached again Tuesday afternoon, Grieve said the students would likely be released from school once the suspect was arrested by Troopers.

Upper and Lower Kalskag are located on the Kuskokwim River about 30 miles west of Aniak.

Channel 2's Melinda Bolton also contributed to this report.

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