A domestic dispute at a South Anchorage residence where shots were fired turned deadly Saturday night, with responding police finding a woman who had fatally shot herself inside the home.
In a Sunday statement summarizing the incident, APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro says police first received reports of a woman firing shots at her husband on the 1100 block of East 74th Avenue, near its intersection with the Old Seward Highway, at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
"The husband was able to flee the residence and reported to police hearing a second gunshot after he was outside," Castro wrote. "Police attempted to make contact with the female but were unsuccessful."
The call became an extended standoff situation, with police at the scene for roughly six hours. APD's SWAT team was also deployed to the residence.
"SWAT was called out to the scene to assist with making contact with the female," Castro wrote. "Just before midnight, SWAT located the female inside the residence who appeared to be deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound."
Castro says while it's not clear exactly what led up to the shooting, police have some information about the household. The names of those involved are not being released, because of both the suicide and the involvement of a domestic-violence situation.
"Alcohol is believed to have been a factor, and there's been a history of these types of altercations in the past," Castro said.
While SWAT members were involved in the police response, Castro says they weren't used aggressively, and were primarily called to the scene due to the unknown elements officers faced.
"Basically we had a SWAT callout to assist because of the preliminary information that there may have been a weapon involved and impairment and all of those possible factors," Castro said.
Over time, however, officers began to believe the woman had shot herself, leading to the SWAT entry which found her body.
"We thought that there was the possibility that she might have potentially shot herself or shot again in the household," Castro said. "We weren't sure what the circumstance was -- obviously that suspicion rose more and more, as the situation wore on and we weren't able to make contact with her."
Castro says the woman's death remains under investigation. No streets were closed in the area during the call.
"It wasn't a typical SWAT callout," Castro said.
Channel 2’s Samantha Angaiak and Caslon Hatch contributed information to this story.
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