Caretaker dead following situation at lodge

-Staff report

The caretaker of a Funny River Road lodge was found dead from a gunshot wound following an incident Saturday evening.

Alaska State Troopers, the Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol and Central Emergency Services responded to a 911 call at 6:35 p.m., reporting Jeffrey Dale, 34, of Kenai, was intoxicated, aggressive and had fired a gun in the lodge at Mile 16 of Funny River Road, according to a trooper dispatch.

All nine guests at the lodge had barricaded themselves in bedrooms until law enforcement officials were able to safely evacuate them. Dale’s whereabouts and condition were unknown, according to the report.

The Southern Special Emergency Reaction Team, Crisis Negotiation Team and an armored BearCat were brought on scene, and a LifeMed helicopter was put on standby, the report states.

SERT members and negotiators found Dale dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in the common area of the lodge. The body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy, and next of kin was notified, according to the dispatch.

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