14 hours of negotiations ends successfully by AST

by Sophie Evan on September 16, 2013

The Alaska State Troopers successfully diffused a potentially fatal encounter last week. Troopers based in Emmonak negotiated for over fourteen (14) hours with a man armed with an AR-15 rifle and a shotgun in the Yukon River village of Alakanuk.

The Alaska State Troopers based in Emmonak successfully negotiated with a heavily armed man for over fourteen (14) hours last Saturday, September 7th. The incident started with a report of domestic violence late in the day around six p-m.

Troopers say 43-year old Francis Damian Junior allegedly assaulted a person and was in his home armed with an A-R –fifteen (15) rifle and a shotgun. Troopers say when they made contact with Damian he raised the AK-15 rifle and pointed it at them.

Troopers created a safe zone around Damian’s home and blocked off the road to the house. After hearing a gunshot, Damian was reached via cell phone, and Troopers began negotiating his surrender.

Troopers say Damian was in his living room as they entered the home. He again reached for the rifle. Troopers left and again began negotiations over the phone for the next fourteen (14) hours.

Troopers successfully talked Damian into surrendering peacefully early Sunday morning, the 8th at 8:30 a-m.

Troopers say alcohol was a factor and Damian was brought to the State Jail here in Bethel and indicted on charges of Assault in the 3rd and 4th degrees and Misconduct Involving Weapons in the 4th degree.
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