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Observers Face Felony Charges For Shooting Guns In Residential Area Of Unalaska Valley

Berett Wilber

Three fisheries observers are facing felony charges for shooting guns in a residential area of the Unalaska Valley on Jan 22.

Police say they arrested Jacob Silver, Jason Swann, and Bryan Tannenberger after several Unalaska residents reported hearing gunshots around 3 o’clock in the morning near the intersection of East Broadway Avenue and Steward Road.

No one was injured, but one caller told police she heard at least 10 shots and was so terrified that she retreated with her husband and daughter to a room at the back of their house.

Responding officers found the three men exhibiting symptoms of inebriation, and Tannenberger told officers the trio had been drinking earlier that night at the Norwegian Rat Saloon. 

Tannenberger also told police that he decided to take Swan shooting after Swan said he had never fired a gun before.

Tannenberger and Silver admitted to the police that they had fired the guns. But when asked, Swan said he “had never fired a firearm in his life.”

Now out on bond, all three men have been charged with  second- and fourth-degree weapons misconduct, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, and disorderly conduct.

They’re scheduled to appear in Unalaska District Court on March 6.

The city has replaced a road sign that was riddled by bullets in the incident. Officials estimate the new yield sign at Steward Road and Hawley Lane cost about $1,000.

Zoë Sobel reported for KUCB from 2016 until 2019. She returned to KUCB after a year living in Nepal and Malaysia as a Luce Scholar. She then returned to KUCB as a ProPublica reporter August of 2020 through August of 2021.
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