One arrested, another sought in drive-by shooting

Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2001

BETHEL (AP) -- A 24-year-old Bethel man was arrested last week in connection with the drive-by shooting of a local police sergeant's home in early December.

James Brink was charged with first-degree weapons misconduct, third-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief. He was being held under a $50,000 bond at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Correctional Center.

Police also were seeking a second suspect over the weekend.

The shooting occurred Dec. 9 while Sgt. Ben Dudley was on patrol. His wife and infant son were asleep inside their home about 4 a.m. when shots were fired from a passing vehicle. Neither was injured.

Dudley's wife, Valerie, woke to the sound of the gunshots and the feel of plaster spraying her as she lay in bed, police said. Investigators found that two of the three bullets that were fired entered the bedroom only a few inches from where she was sleeping.

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