Two men sentenced in shooting at Pioneer Bar
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Sitka’s District Court has sentenced two men linked to a September shooting at Sitka’s Pioneer Bar.
55-year old Richard Davis will serve two months in jail for assault and misconduct involving a weapon. 22-year old Tyler Westlund already served five days in jail, and still owes a $1,000 fine for criminal mischief resulting in property damage. The two men were not from Sitka – Davis is from Juneau and Westlund is from Port Townsend, Washington.
The incident started in September when Davis and another man were arguing inside of the men’s restroom of the Pioneer Bar. The pair reportedly have had a longstanding-feud. According to court records, the man fled the bar when Davis pulled a gun from his waistband.
Davis fired the gun, leaving a hole in the floor. Davis then handed the gun to Westlund who ran out of the bar with it tucked in the waistband of his pants. At the time of the shooting, Police said Westlund was Davis’s deckhand on his fishing vessel.
No one was injured in the incident.
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