Homicide suspect arrested after hours-long standoff
Anchorage Police say with the help of SWAT, the latest homicide suspect is in custody after a standoff that lasted several hours.
APD spokesperson MJ Thim said just after 11 p.m. Sunday, police received a tip that 20-year-old Kuach Kuach was inside a home on the 1600 block of Juneau Street. When officers arrived, he ignored commands and barricaded himself in the home with his family. That was when SWAT was called to help.
"We worked on negotiations all night," Thim said. "And he was finally taken into custody around 5:45 this morning without incident. We've got multiple people we are questioning at the moment as well him to determine exactly what happened [Sunday] and what led up to the homicide."
Thim said officers responded to the 600 block of East 9th Avenue Sunday afternoon. When police arrived at the apartment complex, they found 22-year-old Devan McDonald with a gunshot wound to the upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sunday night, APD identified the suspect as Kuach and considered him to be armed and dangerous.
Police believe Kuach is the only suspect in this case and are not looking for additional suspects.
APD confirms this has officially tied the city's record count of 34 homicides in one year.
In August of 2016, Kuach was arrested and charged with manslaughter after he was involved in a vehicle shootout that claimed the life of 19-year-old Chaduer Chuol, who was ejected from the car that rammed into a truck.
“When your actions and activity ultimately leads to the death of another person, you can be criminally held responsible for their death,” said former APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro, during the 2016 investigation.
According to CourtView, Kuach changed his plea on April 14. He pleaded guilty to weapons misconduct in the third-degree.
The investigation is ongoing.
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