UPDATE: Police identify men involved in deadly midtown shooting
Updated Monday, Feb. 16
A man is dead following an early Sunday morning shooting in the midtown Anchorage area, police say. The standoff that followed ended “peacefully” with one person in custody.
Terrance Jermaine Beasley, 33, has been charged with second-degree murder and third-degree weapons misconduct, according to a Monday statement from the Anchorage Police Department. He was remanded to the Anchorage Correctional Complex.
APD responded to the area of Tudor Road and Old Seward Highway just after 3 a.m Sunday. Witnesses told officers that two men entered the Holiday Stationstore. The men — later identified as Beasley and 30-year-old Sentwali Howard — began to argue inside the store “over one of them being disrespectful to the other” and then walked out, according to a release from APD.
The clerk at Holiday told police that both men left on foot and shortly afterward, the clerk heard two gunshots, according to court documents.
Witnesses say Beasley crossed Tudor Road, pulled out a handgun, fired several rounds and then fled the scene, APD said. One witness told police he was sleeping when the sound of gunshots woke him up, court documents say.
“The witness then heard a male yelling words to the effect that ‘I am going to shoot you and kill you, you will die,'” the charging documents say.
Officers found Howard — an acquaintance of Beasley’s — on the ground on the west side of 822 E. 45th Ave. “suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the stomach and chest area,” a statement said. Howard was taken to a nearby hospital where he died a few hours later.
A K-9 unit led officers to the Parkwood Inn Apartments, located at the 4400 block of Juneau Street. Officers made contact with Beasley as he was leaving one of the apartments and headed toward a vehicle. APD said the shoes Beasley was wearing matched the set of shoe prints near where Howard was shot.
APD spokeswoman Anita Shell said police were “attempting to negotiate” with whomever was still inside the residence in the morning hours. That standoff ended just before noon, APD says.
“APD officers were able to successfully negotiate an individual out of a Parkwood Inn apartment where SWAT officers were preparing to enter,” police say, adding that the person was detained for questioning at APD headquarters.
A woman who lives in the building says she was an eyewitness to the entire standoff. She now wants to relocate following the Sunday morning incident.
“Time to move,” she said. “It’s scary, never been through this before.”
Sunday’s crime scene spanned a few blocks, as APD gathered evidence from the point of the shooting to the apartment complex. Police cars could be seen from the intersection of Old Seward Highway and Tudor Road to the Seward Highway on-ramp, at around 10 a.m Sunday.
This is an ongoing story. Please check back for updates.
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