Suspect in custody following hours-long standoff at Anchorage apartment
Last updated at 6:32 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26
A man who barricaded himself inside a Spenard apartment is in custody following an over 7-hour-long standoff with police and SWAT Thursday evening.
Police were originally called to an apartment complex on the 3900 block of Northwood Drive around 5 p.m. where a man and woman had been arguing in the parking lot of the building.
After arriving on scene, police discovered the two were in a relationship and that the man, later identified by police as Dennis Tetzloff, had assaulted the woman with a weapon earlier in the evening, according to an updated release from the Anchorage Police Department.
“Around 6 p.m. officers attempted to make contact with the male who was inside the apartment and he refused to come out,” wrote police. “Around 6:30 p.m. officers became aware that the suspect may have firearms inside the apartment and that the suspect was threatening to harm himself and officers.”
SWAT was called to the scene and police began evacuating nearby apartments. A Nixle notification was sent out at 8:17 p.m. alerting the public to the situation. Residents were asked to stay in their homes as SWAT attempted to get Tetzloff out of the apartment.
“Additional assets from the Alaska State Troopers were requested to help evacuate nearby residents using AST’s armored vehicle,” wrote police.
The incident lasted until 1:25 a.m. Friday when police deployed gas, forcing Tetzloff out of the apartment. He was taken into custody without further incident and faces counts of third-degree domestic violence and resisting arrest.
Police said alcohol may have been a factor in the standoff.
This is a developing story; check back for updates.
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