Crime & Courts

Standoff ends peacefully near Lake Otis Parkway and Tudor Road

An Anchorage police SWAT standoff with a convicted murderer wanted on a parole warrant shut down a large section of Lake Otis Parkway for several hours Thursday. The situation ended peacefully.

Police arrested Darin Jones, 50, who was armed throughout the confrontation, spokesman MJ Thim said.

Jones shot a man inside a single-family home on the 2300 block of Waldron Drive, police said.

A woman was inside the home with Jones and at one point told officers she was afraid, causing the police department to call the incident a possible hostage situation.

That woman is being questioned by police, Thim said. "We have not yet confirmed whether she was a hostage or not," he said.

Jones and the woman exited the home about three hours after police received the initial call about a shooting.

Officers responded to Waldron Drive at 1:11 p.m. The victim was found outside and received immediate treatment by medics for a gunshot wound, police spokeswoman Renee Oistad wrote in a statement.


Thim said near the scene that the victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital. The man did not tell police why Jones allegedly shot him.

Police continue to piece together the relationship, if any, among the three people involved.

"We have also not yet confirmed who the home belongs to and whether or not any of the three adults live there," Thim said.

SWAT searched the home and found no one else inside, Thim said.

Lake Otis was blocked in both directions from Tudor Road to Dowling Road as SWAT negotiated with Jones from a command center near the home.

The road closure clogged traffic at the intersection of Tudor Road and Lake Otis. Commuters honked at one another as they were redirected when told they could not travel south, but people walked up and down the sidewalks of Lake Otis as the situation unfolded.

Residents inside the perimeter were asked to stay inside, as police considered using non-lethal tools.

The road closure ended around 5 p.m.

On Wednesday, police sent out an alert stating a warrant had been issued for Jones after he allegedly violated his parole.

Jones pleaded no contest to a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of his best friend Shane Rogers in 2000. The shooting happened following a day spent using methamphetamine, according to an Anchorage Daily News story.

Now, Jones will face additional charges stemming from the standoff, police said.

The previous night, a man and a woman were killed in separate incidents with no apparent connection, Anchorage police said. Thim said Thursday's standoff was not related to the deaths.

[2 people killed in Anchorage Wednesday night, police say]

Jerzy Shedlock

Jerzy Shedlock is a former reporter for Alaska Dispatch News. He left the ADN in 2017.