Shooter arrested in Palmer gun mishap

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers are investigating a shooting at a Palmer home that injured a 47-year-old man.

Troopers went to the home Sunday evening after receiving a call for an ambulance for a gunshot wound. Gregory S. Dufford was taken to Valley Hospital.

Trooper David Willson said Dustin Williams, 26, of Palmer was at Dufford's home when the incident occurred. Williams told troopers that he, Dufford and another friend had been drinking alcohol and playing with a handgun when it went off, striking Dufford in the face, Willson said.

The case is still under investigation, and no citations have been issued, Willson said. The case will be forwarded to the district attorney's office for review.

Williams was arrested on a separate outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court. He was taken to Mat-Su Pre-Trial Facility in Palmer.

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