FAIRBANKS, Alaska - An armed standoff at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Monday ended peacefully after almost seven hours. Just after 9 a.m. Monday, Fairbanks Police and Alaska State Troopers responded to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for a report of an armed man, whose name hasn't been released. The FBI and Volunteers in Policing responded as well, and FPD Officer Doug Welborn gave more details.
"Fairbanks Police received a report of a distressed individual in a vehicle outside the emergency room at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. The individual was reportedly suicidal, had a firearm, and was threatening to harm himself if approached," he said.
According to a report from FPD there was a woman in the car who was not a hostage, but made the decision to not leave the car. The report states the man had a shotgun in the vehicle but did not threaten harm to anyone but himself. Officers negotiated with the subject throughout the day and said he would go through cycles of being upset and calm.
Nearby schools were also put into 'sit tight' mode for most of the day. The School District took extra precautions at dismissal, including "hazard route" school buses to transport students who normally walk home.
Just after 4 p.m. the man surrendered and was taken into custody and admitted to FMH for treatment. Again, the identity of the man has not been released, and police say he will not be charged.