UPDATE: APD says Orchard Place home invasion, shooting was drug-related
Last updated at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 19
Anchorage police have identified the man killed following a home invasion at a residence on Orchard Place early Thursday morning.
The Anchorage Police Department said in a release that 30-year-old Loren Douglas and at least one other unidentified person drove to the home on the 1800 block of the street, allegedly to steal drugs and money.
Three minors were inside the home, according to the APD release. When Douglas and the other intruder entered, shots were fired that resulted in the death of Douglas, who was found outside the home by police and pronounced dead by medics at the scene.
The occupants of the home were cooperative with APD during the initial investigation and the drugs that were the intended targets of the robbers were seized by police.
APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said in an email Friday that no charges have been filed in this case at this time, but the investigation is ongoing. Police are working with the district attorney’s office to review and evaluate any possible charges.
APD believes Douglas had at least one accomplice who fled the scene and evidence suggests that a second intruder suffered a head injury as a result of the incident. Police are looking for information about the incident to be able to identify any accomplices.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact APD Detective Estes at 907-786-8572, to provide an anonymous Crime Tip at 561-STOP or go online to www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com
Updated at 5:20 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18
Neighbors on the 1800 block of Orchard Place in Anchorage woke up Thursday morning to the sight of yellow police tape.
According to a release, the Anchorage Police Department responded to a call of a home invasion in the area just after 4:30 a.m. It was reported to police that a person in the home fired multiple shots at one of the alleged home invaders.
When police arrived, they found a man outside the home with gunshot wounds. Medics pronounced the man dead at the scene. APD said they have teams investigating the incident and will release more information as it becomes available.
Since August of last year, APD has been called to the residence eight times, according to an officer on scene.
“I’ve seen a lot of arguments and drinking and stuff going on in the past,” said neighbor Richard Pomeroy. “This is a pretty quiet neighborhood, to be honest.”
Police are looking for an additional person who was at the scene at the time of the shooting but left before police showed up.
“There is a person who, basically we’re just calling a witness at this point in time, because we believe that they were there and would have some information about this event,” said APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro. “We don’t know if they were potentially a second home invader or if they were possibly an occupant of the home or what their necessary association was.”
Castro also said she believes three “young people” were inside the home at the time of the shooting.
No charges have been filed at this time.
One man is dead after a possible early morning home invasion in South Anchorage.
Just after 4:30 a.m. Thursday, the Anchorage Police Department was called to the 1800 block of Orchard Place for a report of a home invasion.
“It was reported to police that one of the home occupants had fired multiple shots at one of the home invaders,” according to an APD release.
When police arrived, they found a male with gunshot wounds outside of the residence. He was pronounced dead at the scene, APD says.
Police are still working to determine the circumstances surrounding the event. Additional information will be released as it becomes available, APD says.
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