Soldotna man arrested on murder, assault charges

Troopers allege the suspect shot a man “several times” with a handgun

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A Soldotna man was arrested on murder and assault charges early Wednesday morning following the shooting of a 29-year-old Soldotna man.

Nathan Penrod, 28, was charged with first-degree murder and third-degree assault over the killing of Zechariah Bowman, 29, also of Soldotna.

Alaska State Troopers, who responded to a Soldotna residence shortly after 8:19 a.m. on Tuesday, allege Penrod shot Bowman “several times” with a handgun, according to a trooper dispatch.

The dispatch states that Penrod fled the home, but contacted the troopers later.

Austin McDaniel, a public information officer with the troopers, confirmed Wednesday that Penrod made contact with the troopers after the incident via telephone.

Penrod was taken to Wildwood Correctional Complex on Wednesday, the dispatch report states. Bowman’s next of kin have been notified, and his remains were sent to the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

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