Troopers identify ‘distraught male’ who was firing shots near Beluga Point
Both the inbound and outbound lanes of the Seward Highway have been reopened following a 12-hour closure overnight.
The road was closed between McHugh Creek and Beluga Point as officials with the Alaska State Troopers, Anchorage police and SWAT dealt with a “distraught male who fired gunshots and threatened a citizen.”
The suspect has been identified as 36-year-old Kevin Thibodeau, according to a release from the Alaska State Troopers. He has not been located.
Thibodeau is charged with third-degree assault and two counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a weapon, and an arrest warrant has been issued.
The Seward Hwy is closed both direction north of McHugh Creek and south of Beluga Point while APD manages a developing situation. Please a
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Chugach Electric Company stated on its Twitter account that a crew was delayed in responding to a power outage affecting Girdwood, Portage and Whittier. As of around 1 a.m., the company issued an update that the crew had been escorted through the police barricade and was on its way to restore power.
“Anyone with information regarding possible whereabouts of Thibodeau is asked to contact Alaska State Troopers at 262-4453 or Anchorage Police Department at 786-8900,” troopers wrote.
Lauren Maxwell, Daniella Rivera, Jason Sear and Shannon Kemp contributed reporting.