Clam Gulch: 1 hurt in assault; accused man commits suicide

Posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Clam Gulch man committed an apparent suicide on Jan. 7 after allegedly assaulting a woman with a knife, according to the Alaska State Troopers.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, the troopers received a report of an assault that occurred at a Clam Gulch cabin, according to the incident report. The female victim, whom medics took to the Central Peninsula Hospital for treatment, said she had been assaulted by Paul Daniels, the report states.

When troopers responded to the scene of the incident, they found Daniels, 46, dead. They determined he had committed suicide at around 6:30 p.m., according to the report.

"We're not suspicious of it being more than a suicide at this time," trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said. "We didn't see anything to suspect foul play."

The victim said Daniels was suicidal and did not want to go to prison, according to the report. Troopers contacted the State Medical Examiner's Office to request an autopsy. Next of kin have been notified and Peninsula Memorial Chapel responded to the scene and recovered the body, the report says.

Troopers did not have more details on the dispute that led to the alleged attack.

"It was some kind of altercation, and it turned violent," Peters said.

Peters said the victim is expected to make a full recovery.

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