Police, SWAT take armed suspect barricaded in Eagle River home into custody
Last updated at 6:33 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19
The Anchorage Police Department says an armed man barricaded himself inside an Eagle River home, leading to an hours-long standoff. The suspect, 27-year-old Kyle William Smith, was taken into custody at 5:47 p.m.
Police first responded to a home on the 15200 block of Husky Street at 11:38 a.m. after being notified a man inside was threatening people with a gun, according to a statement from APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad.
“Several people have since exited the home,” Oistad wrote. “It is unknown if anyone other than the suspect is still inside.”
Police Chief Chris Tolley, who was at the scene during the standoff, said later police were able to confirm Smith was alone in the home.
Police later released a statement saying a female was inside with Smith during much of the standoff. Neither she nor Smith lived at the home, but she was a guest of the homeowners, according to Oistad. The female was initially uncooperative with police, but eventually came out on her own just after 4 p.m. Oistad wrote. The unidentified female has not been charged.
Oistad said everyone involved knew each other. She said no injuries have been reported.
More than 20 APD units were dispatched to the scene, including two K-9 units. Gas was deployed at the scene in order to apprehend the suspect.
Smith has an unrelated felony warrant for his arrest, according to Oistad. He faces additional charges of third-degree assault and third-degree misconduct involving a weapon.
KTVA 11’s Shannon Ballard contributed to this report.
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