Troopers investigate Nulato shooting

Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2001

NULATO (AP) --Alaska State Troopers were investigating the shooting death Friday of a Nulato man.

Crispin Esmailka Jr., 31, was found shot to death in his home. The village health aide notified Fairbanks troopers of the shooting shortly after 3 a.m. Friday.

Investigators said it appears Esmailka was fighting with another person when he was shot once in the abdomen with a rifle. Alcohol is thought to have been a factor in the incident, troopers said.

Nulato is located on the Yukon River, about 50 miles west of Galena.

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