Man arrested after brief standoff in Spenard

APD says a suspect barricaded himself inside a home in Spenard
Published: Dec. 29, 2020 at 6:02 PM AKST|Updated: Dec. 30, 2020 at 9:21 AM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A suspect is in custody after a brief standoff with the Anchorage Police Department and SWAT.

APD and SWAT responded to an apartment complex on the 1400 block of West 27th Avenue after receiving a call Tuesday evening of a man who had broken out windows and was waving a machete in the air.

APD says 41-year-old Benjamin F. Morris had barricaded himself inside a home and was refusing to leave.

Police say several minutes later Morris stepped out of his apartment while holding a machete, which he refused to drop. APD says at that point Morris turned toward the officers with the weapon in hand at which time a patrol officer deployed a single less-lethal 40mm impact munition; the round struck Morris in the hand which caused him to drop the machete. Police say he ran back into the apartment.

Eventually, SWAT was called to the scene.

Around 6 p.m., Morris emerged from inside his home and was taken into custody.

During the investigation, police learned it all started when Morris had broken out a stairwell window, and pulled the fire alarm more than once. At that point, the apartment manager knocked on Morris’ apartment door to speak with Morris. Police say Morris opened the door while holding a machete. Morris refused to put the weapon down and became verbally abusive towards the manager which put the manager in fear for his safety.

That’s when the manager left and called the police.

Morris is facing a number of charges including assault, resisting and reckless endangerment.

This story was updated with more information from the Anchorage Police Department Wednesday morning.

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