A standoff between a suicidal man and law enforcement in Dillingham late Saturday night led to the closure of the Dillingham Airport overnight, that's according to Alaska State Troopers.
AST spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said Dillingham Police received a call at about 7 p.m. Saturday about a serious incident near the airport involving a man reported to be suicidal, intoxicated, and carrying a firearm. Ipsen said since the man had barricaded himself into a building located so close to the airport, officials decided to temporarily close the airport. Twelve members of the Special Emergency Reaction Team were flown in from out of town to assist Dillingham Police in the standoff. At about 11:30 Sunday morning, the man willingly gave himself up and nobody was injured, said Ipsen.
The airport opened shortly afterward. A Pen Air flight scheduled to depart at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, did not fly out due to the closure.
The incident is the fourth standoff that AST has been involved in since Thursday. Ipsen said, thankfully, all of them were resolved peacefully.