By: Teresa Mull

The police in Alaska’s Village of Kwethluk don’t carry firearms, but at least one of them wishes they would after he was nearly shot and killed.

Fox News reports:

A 19-year-old Alaska man is facing attempted murder charges after breaking into a public safety building and firing on an unarmed village police officer, authorities said.

Troopers arrested Bryan Nicolai after a member of the Kwethluk community with a rifle arrived on scene and talked Nicolai into surrendering, the station reported.

“If we had access to firearms, we’d be able to handle more of these scenarios on our own,” Village Police Officer Tiger Lee told the station.

Nicolai allegedly aimed his gun at Lee, but his firearm misfired.

“Officers told the station they don’t carry firearms due to a lack of funding,” Fox reports.

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