Thursday, May 23, 2013
UPDATE Standoff Outside Military Base Ends With No Injuries
No one was injured during the standoff and the 23-year-old man is currently in APD custody.
A standoff that lasted nearly four and a half hours ended peacefully Wednesday afternoon outside of the Fort Richardson gate off the Glenn Highway.
More than 30 Anchorage police officers responded to the area this morning in a standoff situation involving a lone man with two guns inside his vehicle.
The father of 23-year-old Joseph Hanifin suspected his son was suicidal and called police around 6 a.m. He provided a description of his son as well as his son’s vehicle.
At about 8:40 a.m., police in Eagle River spotted the maroon Chevy suburban, as described by Hanifin’s father, and followed it northbound on the Glenn Highway. Police vehicles cornered Hanifin after he took the Fort Richardson exit, prompting closure of the gate and redirection of inbound traffic.
The man was armed with at least two handguns and had ammunition visible on the SUV’s dashboard.
After hours of negotiating, Anchorage police spokeswoman Anita Shell said that SWAT teams were prepared to take “tactical maneuvers” to “remove Hanifin” from his SUV when he voluntarily gave himself up to police.
SWAT teams, negotiators, K-9 officers and a swarm of police remained on scene until the standoff ended around 1:30 p.m.
Hanifin is currently in police custody and will then be taken to Providence Alaska Medical Hospital for evaluation. After his release from Providence, he will be taken to the Anchorage Jail on charges of reckless endangerment.