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Anchorage Police Department
Friday March 22nd, 2019 :: 09:20 p.m. AKDT

Advisory

Update: SWAT situation; 20500 blk Eagle River Road

Update:
The adult male suspect has been identified as 52 year old Benjamin Minton.

As the crisis escalated, Minton injured a family member who tried to intervene and take the knife away from him. The injuries were non-life threatening. When he barricaded himself inside a vehicle, Officers moved a patrol car in front of the garage to block Minton from leaving. Minton still attempted to back out and rolled his vehicle on top of a patrol car. He remained barricaded inside the vehicle until he later surrendered to police, was taken into custody, and evaluated by medics for his self-inflicted injuries. No officers were injured.

Minton was charged with Assault III as well as Criminal Mischief for extensive damage to the patrol car. He is being treated for his self-inflicted injuries.

Update 3/22/19 at 7:52 p.m.:
The adult male is now safe and in custody.

Eagle River Road will open back up shortly. We appreciate the community's cooperation during our response.

Original 3/22/19 at 6:57 a.m.:
On 3/22/19 at 2:42 p.m., Officers with the Patrol Division responded to a residence on the 20500-block of Eagle River Road in reference a suicidal person. The preliminary investigation found that an adult male was barricaded inside his residence and caused injury to himself in the upper body with a knife. The male has continued to make suicidal threats and has since barricaded himself inside a vehicle at the residence. He is alone.
 
Patrol officers attempted to negotiate with the man. While he has been in verbal contact with police, he has refused to come out and surrender his weapon. At this time there is no threat to the public.
 
SWAT has responded to the scene. Eagle River Road will be shut down between Wren Lane and Melody Lane. Please avoid the area and seek alternative routes through the neighborhood.
 
We appreciate your cooperation during our response and we will keep you informed of any new developments.
 
 APD Case 19-10332

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Anchorage Police Department
4501 Elmore Road
Anchorage, AK 99507

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