UPDATE: Suspect identified in shooting incident on Seward Highway

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) THURSDAY 11:50 A.M. UPDATE:

Kevin Thibodeau, who authorities say shot at troopers and caused the shutdown of the Seward Highway. Photo from Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers have identified the man they say is responsible for the late night shooting incident that caused the closure of the Seward Highway.

Alaska State Troopers say they got a call after 8 p.m. of an armed suspect near Beluga Point. That suspect has been identified, according to AST, as Kevin Thibodeau, 36, of Anchorage.

Troopers said Thibodeau fired a handgun near the Beluga Point pullout, and SWAT was called in to assist efforts there in apprehending him.

Troopers say that, following a ground search, authorities on the scene were unable to locate Thibodeau. Alaska Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case, and they are now asking for help from the public in locating him.

There's a warrant out for Thibodeau's arrest including charges of assault and misconduct involving a weapon.

THURSDAY 9:35 A.M. UPDATE:

The Seward Highway is open to traffic once again. The whereabouts of the man who originally caused the road to be closed and the SWAT and APD response remains unclear.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

THURSDAY 8:00 A.M. UPDATE:

As of 8 a.m. this morning, the highway remains closed off in sections of the Seward Highway after a man opened fire late Wednesday night.

A supervisor with Anchorage police dispatch said they were unsure if there was a hostage with the man, but that they believed he was alone, and outside.

I asked APD whether they had plans for deploying gas to smoke the man out, a move sometimes made by SWAT in stand off situations where hostages are not present. The dispatch supervisor said this seemed unlikely, as the gas is not effective outside.

As the highway closure began last night at 9 p.m., some of those with cars stuck on the highway have begun sleeping in their vehicles.

School has not been cancelled in the Girdwood area, however residents who attend school in Anchorage are unable to get through due to the closure.

WEDNESDAY 11:50 P.M. UPDATE:

Anchorage police say they are dealing with a distraught man shooting a gun at mile post 110. As a result, they have shut down the Seward Highway in both directions.

They say their SWAT team is managing the situation which is between McHugh Creek and Beluga Point.

This is a developing story.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A developing situation Wednesday night has prompted the Anchorage Police Department to close down the Seward Highway.

In a text alert APD writes " The Seward Hwy is closed both directions north of McHugh Creek and south of Beluga point while APD manages a developing situation."

APD asks people to avoid the area until further notice.

Channel 2 News reached out to APD Dispatch tonight, but they were not able to provide any more information on the "developing situation."

The road closure is also impacting Chugach Electric customers in the Girdwood, Portage, and Whittier areas.

Click click here to see the outage.

Chugach Electric posted on its Facebook page, their crews have been caught in the closure while responding to a power outage. About 650 customers will remain without power until the highway reopens and their workers can troubleshoot the problem.

This is a developing story, stay with Channel 2 News and KTUU.com for the latest.

Correction: In a previous version of this story, we reported Thibidou fired his gun at troopers. However, troopers say there is no indication that he was shooting at officers or trying to hit anyone.




 
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