A North Pole man was arrested Monday morning following a standoff with law enforcement in Fairbanks that involved a samurai sword.


The Fairbanks Police Department was called to a home on Fifth Avenue late Sunday after receiving a report that 58-year-old Arthur Farmer allegedly struck and then chased the homeowner and another resident out of the home, according to a statement from Fairbanks officials. The owner, a “longtime friend” of Farmer, told police Farmer became “confused, agitated and then combative” after drinking.


At 9 p.m., Farmer reportedly met responding officers outside the home with a large samurai sword, cursing at them before retreating back inside. One of the residents told police there were firearms inside the home.


The Fairbanks police TAC Team was called to the scene. Alaska State Troopers also responded and began attempts to negotiate with Farmer.


Farmer “threw knives out the door,” according to Fairbanks officials, and refused to cooperate with law enforcement. At 1:20 a.m. Monday, the TAC Team deployed tear gas into the home, at which time Farmer came out and surrendered to police.


Farmer currently faces a single charge of fourth-degree assault. His arraignment was originally scheduled for Monday afternoon but had to be pushed back a day due to Farmer’s “combative” behavior, according to CBS News 13 in Fairbanks.


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