Glenn Demientieff, 09-13-06
Man killed in hunting brawl with brothers
The Associated Press
Published: September 16, 2006
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A man died beside the Tatlawiksuk River of a gunshot to
the abdomen after getting into a drunken fight with his brothers on a moose-hunting
expedition, Alaska State Troopers said Friday.
Glenn Demientieff, 32, was camping with his two brothers and a family friend on
Wednesday in western Alaska.
Troopers said Demientieff and his brothers, Dennis, 31, and Michael, 22, all of
Kasigluk, were drinking and fighting when Glenn was shot.
Charges have not been filed, although officials have a suspect, said Trooper spokesman
Zacharias Nicholas, who grew up with the three brothers and accompanied them on
the trip, told the Anchorage Daily News he recalls grabbing a gun away from the
youngest brother, Michael, directly after the shooting.
Michael Demientieff was booked into Yukon-Kuskokwim Correctional Center on charges
unrelated to this week's shooting episode, Wilkinson said.
Nicholas said he was the only sober person at the campsite the night of the shooting
and tried to break up the fight.
"It all happened so fast. They were all drinking," Nicholas said. "They kind of
started early, I think."
Nicholas said Glenn started beating up his younger brothers.
"Glenn started fighting Dennis ... slapping him with an open fist for no reason,"
Michael was passed out in a tent, Nicholas said, and Glenn dragged him out and kicked
him in the head.
"Then he concentrated on Dennis, wrestling or slapping him around," Nicholas said.
"Glenn pulled Michael out of the tent again and kicked him on the head again. ...
Next thing I heard was a gunshot. I ran to Michael and grabbed the gun away from
Michael. And Glenn was on the ground."
Nicholas said that he helped the brothers load Glenn into their boat to take him
to the nearby village of Stony River.
"I was too late," Nicholas said. "He quit breathing."
The men hauled the body to Sleetmute on Thursday and notified troopers about what
happened. Troopers met the group in Aniak, a hub village in the region, later that
Reached at his home in Kasigluk, Dennis Demientieff said he looked up to his older
"He was just a leader. A leader of our brothers," he said.
He referred questions about the shooting to Nicholas.
"I just finally got home today, and I don't feel like talking about it," he said.