An employee with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game from Petersburg was treated for a shotgun wound last week following an incident on the Stikine River involving another department employee.
43-year-old Chris Ford was treated for only minor injuries and released from Petersburg Medical Center on Wednesday, August 17.
According to an investigation by the Alaska State Troopers, Ford and two other Fish and Game employees were working on the Stikine River near Wrangell. Troopers say Ford was injured when his coworker’s shotgun unexpectedly discharged. No foul play is suspected but troopers say the investigation is ongoing.
Ford, a former mayor of the city of Kupreanof and volunteer at KFSK-FM, declined a request for comment on the incident citing the ongoing investigation.