Bethel man threatens Aniak residents
On Aug. 11 about 2:13 p.m., Aniak-based Troopers received a report that 27-year-old Eugene T. Morgan of Bethel had threatened to shoot an adult male from Aniak. Troopers were unable to locate Morgan or the victim. The victim called later, however, to report that Morgan had threatened to shoot him. The victim turned away, and then felt the handgun against the back of his head. Morgan reportedly said, “Do you want to get shot?” The victim continued walking.
The same day at about 2:20 p.m. the troopers a call from a juvenile male Aniak resident who reported that at about midnight on he was drawn to an area by the sound of gunshots. He arrived and was met by Morgan, who was intoxicated, and showed him a black semi-automatic .22 pistol with a 10-round magazine which Morgan kept in his pocket. Morgan told the juvenile, “If you see me with this gun, you better get going!” The juvenile reported that the two of them went to the juvenile’s residence, and Morgan stole three long guns from the residence: A pellet gun, a .243, and a lever-action 30.30.
When the juvenile was walking with an 18-year-old male at approximately 4 a.m., they came within six feet of Morgan, who pointed the pistol at the boys. The boys turned and ran, and the juvenile heard the gun go off twice in quick succession.
At about 1 p.m. on Aug. 12, the juvenile came into contact with Morgan again, and Morgan reportedly said that if he saw troopers, he would “shoot first” because he hates troopers.
According to troopers, Morgan is a felon previously convicted of Assault III. On Aug. 12 Aniak troopers obtained a no-bail arrest warrant for Morgan for three counts of Assault III and one count of Misconduct Involving Weapons III.
Aniak Troopers were unable to locate Morgan, and believed he had left Aniak in his boat headed for Bethel.
Morgan was arrested in Bethel on Aug. 13 and remanded to the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Complex to await arraignment.