The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By LOG Staff 

One person suicides, another threatens


The Seward Police Department faced two suicide calls within a city block of each other over the span of four days. The first was called in at 9:30 p.m. on March 8 from Alaska Veterans Affairs. The reporting party said that a man at the Taroka Inn on Third Avenue attempted suicide by gun while on the phone. The Veterans Affairs caller then added that the man claimed to have missed, and that he was continuing to threaten to use the gun on himself. Seward Police Department officers were able to contact the man and then took him to the Providence Seward Emergency Room.

A second call came in on around 2 p.m March 12. The caller requested an ambulance to 300 Washington Street, reporting that an individual shot himself. SPD initially thought the two calls might be related, but the shooting victim was soon identified as Geoffery Helberg, a 37-year-old man. He was taken by Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps to PSMCC ER where he was pronounced dead. Helberg’s body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Anchorage that evening.


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