Man Commits Suicide After Soldotna Lodge Incident

A caretaker of a Soldotna lodge killed himself after firing a weapon inside the facility, forcing the nine guests to barricade themselves in their rooms.

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by Associated Press

KENAI- A caretaker of a Soldotna lodge killed himself after firing a weapon inside the facility, forcing the nine guests to barricade themselves in their rooms.


The caretaker was identified as 34-year-old Jeffrey Dale, of Kenai.


Someone called 911 Saturday to report that Dale was drunk and aggressive and had fired a weapon at the lodge on the Kenai River.


When state troopers arrived, they evacuated the guests and called a crisis negotiation team.


Authorities found Dale dead downstairs, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


Troopers did not have the name of the lodge but provided an address that corresponds to Drakes on the Kenai lodge. A man who answered the phone at the lodge and identified himself only as Bill would only confirm a "tragedy" had taken place.