Village police officer caught in tough situation

A police officer in the Alaska Native village of Kotlik says he could use more training, especially after what happened last week.

Rudy Hootch, 40, responded to a domestic violence call. Darrick Teeluk, 19, was accused of hitting his girlfriend in the face and trying to strangle her.

When Hootch arrived to the home, Teeluk pulled a gun on him. As a village peace officer, Hootch isn't allowed to carry a gun. And he said he hasn't received the training to deal with the situation.

No one was hurt, but Hootch had to leave the home and call for state troopers, who arrived two hours later and arrested Teeluk.

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