Anchorage police were dealing with two barricaded subjects in separate incidents Monday evening and into Tuesday morning, including one man who was reportedly “armed with a sword and a firearm” in the Muldoon area.

Police say the body of Dan DeMott, 66, was found in the crawl space at a residence on the 8500 block of Shrub Court, off Muldoon and Debarr roads, early Tuesday morning, after police made their way into the house following gas deployment.

Members of APD’s SWAT team were called at about 6:45 p.m. Monday to the residence for the incident involving those weapons, police said in a statement.

“The suspect did verbally assault a family member; there are no reports of injuries at this time,” police wrote.

After police deployed gas into the home, 45-year-old Michael P. Girardin who had been inside with the suspect came out. Girardin was detained for questioning by police, charged with resisting and issued a criminal citation and future court date.

Early Tuesday morning police say they made entry into the residence and found DeMott's body inside a crawl space. Detectives are taking over to investigate the death. 

SWAT members had been sent to an incident about two hours earlier on Monday evening involving a warrant being served on a suicidal man barricaded alone in an apartment on the 9500 block of Ponderosa Drive, on the Anchorage Hillside.

"A search warrant for the residence has been obtained by APD and the building has been evacuated with the exception of the suspect," police wrote.

The SWAT officers were being diverted to the Shrub Court call Monday night with police closing part of Ponderosa, a dead-end street, during the Hillside response. By early Tuesday, police were seeking assistance on the Ponderosa call from Alaska State Troopers' Special Emergency Reaction Team.

After gas was deployed into the home on Ponderosa Drive, 49-year-old Kevin J. Hurley came out of the house and was taken into custody uninjured. Hurley was taken into custody on an outstanding drug-related warrant from Idaho. He may also face additional charges for the standoff, according to APD.

Police say the two incidents do not appear to be related. 

 

 

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