Man fatally shot by Anchorage police after 5 officers fired on him in Eagle River
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Anchorage police say a man is dead after he was shot at by five Anchorage police officers in Eagle River Thursday morning. Police say no officers were hurt. The names of the five officers who shot at the man will be released in 72 hours.
Police identified the man as 43-years-old Keith Beecroft.
Police were first called to the area at 5:47 a.m. on a report of a domestic disturbance between Beecroft and family members at their home on Toakoana Drive. The three family members at the home left the residence but Beecroft remained and barricaded himself in the residence. At a press conference on the shooting, APD Chief Justin Doll said officers believed Beecroft was armed and consuming alcohol throughout their encounter.
Doll said the department deployed a SWAT team to the disturbance, where Beecroft was making “suicidal statements.” The man made comments suggesting he wanted the police officers to shoot him, according to initial information from Doll.
Doll said crisis negotiators spent two hours talking to Beecroft over the phone asking for his surrender but around 10:09 a.m., Beecroft hung up on a negotiator and confronted officers while armed with a shotgun, Doll said.
That’s when five officers with the SWAT team fired at Beecroft, who was killed by police gunfire and declared dead at the scene.
An investigation into the shooting is underway and will seek to answer questions about whether or not Beecroft fired at officers first before he was shot.
The road was closed while police were in the area.
This is a developing story. Check back for details.
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