Sitka Police shooting suspect identified and held on $100,000 bail

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SITKA (KTUU) - Sitka Police Department have released more information about the suspect of a shooting Saturday evening that left one man injured. 35-year-old Nathan Leask has been identified as the suspect who allegedly shot a man on a commercial fishing boat before fleeing.

The police department advised for Sitkans to stay indoors while the suspect was at large. Incorrect information given to police suggested Leask was in a local school. The suspect was taken into custody and arrested less than an hour later inside a home.

Sitka Police say they received a call around 5:30 p.m. that a man had been shot on a commercial fishing boat in Eliason Harbor. "Upon arrival, officers located an adult male with a gunshot would on his thigh and blunt force trauma to the head," said the press release from Sitka Police.

A woman was also said to be present but was uninjured.

Police say during the investigation, it was revealed "Leask had entered the vessel occupied by the victim and female and a physical altercation had broken out." Leask was apparently armed with a handgun during the fight. It was said to have discharged, resulting in the injury.

While searching for the suspect, police say they were informed that a man with a gun had entered the pool area at Blatchley Middle School, leading to an evacuation and search.

Police say it was third-hand information and "police were able to determine that at no time was there a man with a gun in the school." Police did note that school staff "appropriately initiated the evacuation of the schools" in reaction to the information.

Officers searched multiple locations before eventually finding Leask inside a home. He was taken into custody without incident.

Leask has been charged with one felony count of assault in the first-degree and one felony count of assault in the fourth-degree. He was arraigned and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.