Family say 66-year-old who helped the homeless dead after Muldoon standoff

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Anchorage (KTUU) — Anchorage Police Department responded to two simultaneous standoffs Monday night that required deployment of the APD SWAT team. One person was found dead after the Muldoon standoff ended while another man was taken into custody on the Hillside.

Although not identified by police, family members say the deceased man is 66-year-old Daniel DeMott. Family members tell Channel 2 that DeMott had volunteered at Brother Francis Shelter and Bean’s Cafe, and would often welcome homeless people into his home.

The APD SWAT team responded to the house on the Hillside around 4:00 p.m. but were forced to divert to another standoff a couple of hours later in Muldoon.

Police decided that the Muldoon situation was more serious because there was another person in the house with the DeMott, according to Renee Oistad, a spokesperson for the Anchorage Police Department.

Oistad said simultaneous situations that require the APD SWAT team have occurred in the past but it is “rare.”

Dozens of officers surrounded the Muldoon property, shutting off nearby streets to thru traffic for hours.

Anchorage police say that the standoff began when DeMott verbally threatened a family member. Nathaniel Buesing, a Michigan-native who has been staying with DeMott, confirmed that account to Channel 2.

Buesing said he was with DeMott Monday evening as DeMott wielded a sword and a BB gun. “He was talking belligerently,” Buesing said. But he insists that he didn’t feel threatened.

Robert Ryan, who was also staying with DeMott, left the house with Buesing along with the family member who doesn’t want to be identified.

Hours later, police deployed tear gas, and after entering the home, found DeMott dead inside a crawlspace.

“I'm going to miss him and I just wish his family well,” Ryan said.

Patti Davidsen, DeMott’s brother, described that her brother had been sober for 37 years, but that he had recently fallen off the wagon. Anchorage police say the cause of DeMott’s death is currently under investigation.

The standoff that ended on the Hillside Tuesday morning saw 49-year-old Kevin Hurley taken into custody on an outstanding drug-related warrant from Idaho. Hurley could also face additional charges related to the standoff.

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