Taser, K-9 help end Eagle River standoff
A man Anchorage police say threatened officers and challenged them to kill him has been taken into custody alive with minor injuries, after the use of a less-lethal weapon and a police dog.
James Fredrickrock, 37, was detained just before midnight Saturday and will face three counts of third-degree assault, according to an APD statement early Sunday.
Officers were called just before 9 p.m. to a home, on the 11900 block of Regency Drive, about a man with a gun who was intoxicated and had traveled to his ex-girlfriend’s home. The girlfriend and her child left the home unhurt, police said, but APD negotiators and the department's SWAT team were called in after Fredrickrock made suicidal threats and pointed the gun at police.
"During the standoff with patrol officers and SWAT, Fredrickrock stated multiple times that he wanted to die by 'suicide by cop' and told officers several times to 'just shoot him,'" police wrote in a statement. "Negotiators attempted to talk Fredrickrock down but Fredrickrock refused to comply with commands. Eventually Fredrickrock put the weapon down at which time officers used the opportunity to deploy less-lethal tactics to include the Taser and a K-9."
"We had a guy that was having a bad night and he was kind of holding himself hostage," said APD Sgt. Cory Crane, one of the officers at the scene. "He had some suicidal statements and kind of wanted to hurt himself."
Fredrickrock was being taken to a hospital early Sunday to be cleared by medics for a bite from the K-9, before he was slated to be held at the Anchorage Jail.
Regency Drive had been temporarily blocked in the area of the call.
Scott Gross contributed information to this story.
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