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APD: Not clear what caused death of man found in crawlspace after SWAT encounter

  • Author: Zaz Hollander
  • Updated: November 7, 2018
  • Published November 7, 2018

A 66-year-old man found dead in the crawlspace of an East Anchorage home early Tuesday after a SWAT standoff did not die from gunshot wounds, police said Wednesday.

Police identified the man as Dan DeMott but provided no additional details of the incident that led to his death or its cause.

Officers responded to the home in the 8500 block of Shrub Court at about 7 p.m. Monday after a call reporting a man armed with a sword and gun who had verbally assaulted a family member.

No one in the home was injured, police spokesman MJ Thim said.

A SWAT team deployed gas into the home around midnight and a second person inside, identified Wednesday as 45-year-old Michael Girardin, came out, Thim said. He was questioned and charged with resisting arrest.

Officers continued negotiating with DeMott into Tuesday morning, Thim said. They eventually entered the house and found him dead in a basement crawlspace.

DeMott's death doesn't appear to be suspicious, he said. "How he died, we're not sure. There don't appear to be any gunshot wounds."

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.