2 Anchorage Police Officers shot in Standoff, suspect dead

Two police officers were shot Thursday afternoon during an armed  and ongoing standoff with a barricaded man on Ginami Street in South Anchorage has ended.

It started shortly after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday when two members of a Carlos Tree Service crew, clearing a utility easement for power lines in the area, told police Musser approached them with a gun and opened fire.

One officer was taken to the hospital with what are thought to be non-life threatening injuries. The other was treated at the scene, said Anchorage Police Chief Chris Tolley.

The extent of the two officers injuries were not made public nor were their names.

Multiple rounds of gunfire rang out at around noon at the scene. Police and SWAT team members could be seen running down the road shortly afterward.

The armed 69-year-old Army veteran who had kept police at bay since about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday on the Anchorage Hillside was found dead in his home, police said in a statement at 3:18 a.m. Friday.

“The standoff between law enforcement and a shooting suspect at a residence on the 12000 block of Ginami Street has ended after law enforcement confirmed that the suspect, identified as 69-year-old Robert Musser, was deceased in his home. An investigation and autopsy will determine the cause and nature of Musser’s death. The medical examiner will take custody of the body,” the statement said.

The Anchorage Police Department Posted the following to their Facebook page as an official news release:

Standoff on Ginami Street has ended. Suspect confirmed deceased.

The standoff between law enforcement and a shooting suspect at a residence on the 12000 block of Ginami Street has ended after law enforcement confirmed that the suspect, identified as 69-year-old Robert Musser, was deceased in his home. An investigation and autopsy will determine the cause and nature of Musser’s death. The medical examiner will take custody of the body.

The investigation into the standoff is still ongoing. Ginami Street will remain closed for several more hours as law enforcement conducts the investigation. Additional information will be released as it comes available.

The Anchorage Police Department would like to thank the Alaska State Troopers and the FBI Anchorage Division for their assistance in this response. We would also like to thank the neighbors and residents in this area for their cooperation during our lengthy standoff.

 

 

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