NEWS ALERT: Bail set in Buckland VPO shooting case.

Bail was set at $250,000 for the 40 year old man Alaska State Troopers say shot a Village Police Officer early Friday in the Northwest Arctic Borough

village of Buckland.

Gary Ballot, of Buckland, was arraigned Saturday afternoon in Kotzebue District Court.

He's charged with First Degree Attempted Murder, First Degree Assault, five counts of Third Degree Assault, and a host of other charges

Troopers say the incident happened around 3 a.m. Friday in the village of 400 people located near Kotzebue.

They say the officer, identified as 48 year old Lorin Geary, of Buckland, had received information that residents were bringing alcohol into the village

via boat.

Buckland is a local option community that bans the importation of alcohol.

Geary responded to the river and made contact with Ballot, who was just arriving by boat.

Troopers say it was during that contact that Ballot shot Geary.

Several witnesses heard the shooting, and went to provide assistance.

The firearm, said by witnesses to be a .223 caliber rifle, was taken away from Ballot and he was placed in custody.

Geary was taken to the village clinic and later medivaced to an Anchorage hospital where he remains in fair condition.