A Willow man was arrested Monday by Alaska State Troopers, after a deployment of its Special Emergency Reaction Team involving the use of gas and the help of a K-9 unit.

Siegfried Pedersen, 63, had been sought on felony warrants for weapons misconduct and third-degree assault, troopers said in a Tuesday dispatch. Numerous troopers including SERT members, negotiators and troopers’ Helo-3 headed to his Barehook Street home for a “high risk warrant service” at about 10 a.m. Troopers ordered him to step outside, but he “ignored the presence of AST.”

“SERT gained access to the inside of Pedersen’s residence and multiple tactics were used to dislodge Pedersen, to include the use of chemical munitions,” troopers wrote. “SERT members eventually went inside the residence but were not able to locate Pedersen on the initial sweep. K-9 Skippy was deployed into the home and was able to indicated that a person was in the crawl space.”

Troopers were able to remove Pedersen from the crawlspace and take him into custody. He was subsequently held without bail.

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