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Man who surrendered to SWAT team after standoff wielded a machete, police say

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: December 30, 2020
  • Published December 29, 2020

Updated 8:15 a.m. Wednesday:

Benjamin F. Morris, 41, is facing charges including assault and resisting arrest after a standoff with officers including a SWAT team, police said in an update Wednesday.

Morris refused to drop a machete he was holding outside his apartment and was shot in the hand with “impact munition”; he dropped the machete and retreated into his apartment, police said.

“During negotiations with SWAT, Morris threw more than one knife out of his apartment. Eventually Morris emerged from inside his home, was semi-compliant, and subsequently taken into custody by SWAT,” police said.

Further investigation indicated Morris had threatened his apartment manager with the machete, broken windows and activated the fire alarm, police said.

Original story:

Anchorage police say they arrested a male who barricaded himself inside a Spenard home on Tuesday evening as officers try to apprehend him.

Officers responded to a call Tuesday near the 1400 block of West 27th Avenue, where the male had refused commands to exit the home, police said. Police described the male as a “suspect” but did not provide additional details.

“The circumstances of the initial altercation are under investigation,” police said shortly after 6 p.m., adding that he was “taken into custody without incident.”

SWAT responded to the scene, according to police, who had asked people to stay away from the area until the situation was resolved.