Alaskan Armed Citizen Saves Officers, Foils Mass Shooting

Brian Nicolai broke into the Kwethluk Public Safety Building and shot at Village Police Officers on May 16, 2020, according to state troopers. Credit Nicolai Joseph / Kwethluk Public Safety
Nicolai Joseph / Kwethluk Public Safety

An armed citizen in Kwethluk, Alaska, intervened on behalf of officers and foiled a mass shooting at the village’s public safety building.

Alaska Public Radio reported that 19-year-old Brian Nicolai allegedly broke into the building, “staged rifles inside, and activated the fire alert system.” He then waited for police to arrive.

Officer Tiger Lee arrived on scene and reported that Nicolai pointed and gun at him and “pulled the trigger.” However, the gun did not fire because Nicolai had not loaded the gun.

Nicolai chambered a round and Lee fled under fire.

Casey Thompson, a resident, then intervened. Thompson pointed his personal rifle at Nicolai and demanded he end the attack. Nicolai complied by dropping his weapon.

Bearing Arms reported that Lee and his fellow officers were unarmed as they responded to the call.

The Kwethluk officers explained that they work unarmed due to “a lack of funding.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at


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