Update:

The suspect has been taken into custody without incident and police are now breaking down the perimeter. Roads are now open.

The suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Jerod Alexander. He was remanded at the Anchorage Jail on multiple charges including Assault I, Misconduct Involving Weapons, Trespassing, and Resisting.

The circumstances of the initial altercation are under investigation.

The adult male victim was a bystander and not involved in the shooting; he was treated for life-threatening injuries and is expected to survive.

We thank the community for their patience and cooperation during our response.

Original 1/1/20 6:00 AM:

Officers with SWAT are responding to the area of E 4th Avenue between Sitka Street and Tetlin Street in reference to a barricaded subject who was involved in a shooting.

The preliminary investigation found that there was an altercation that occurred outside between two males on the 1900 block of E 5th Avenue when shots were fired. One male was transported to the hospital, and his condition is unknown at this time. One male fled the scene and has barricaded himself inside a nearby apartment on the 1900 block of E 4th Avenue. He is believed to be armed, and is also believed to be the only person inside the apartment unit. He has refused to exit or cooperate with officer commands.

There will be a large police presence in the area during this time. It could include temporary road closures. Please avoid the area and seek alternative routes until further notice.

Our response may include a variety of less lethal tools and tactics to bring this situation safely to a close. This could include things like the use of a drone and the possibility of deploying chemical agents. Nearby citizens with respiratory illnesses/sensitivities should remain inside and make sure doors and windows are closed in the event chemical agents are deployed.

Also, we ask the public and the media refrain from posting/publishing photos and/or video of the scene until the situation is over. Showing tactical positions and movements in these types of situations can put the public's and officers' safety at risk.

We appreciate the community's cooperation and understanding during our response and we will keep you informed of any new developments.

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