Negotiator helps end armed standoff

Posted: Friday, January 31, 2003

PALMER - Alaska State Troopers took a Palmer man into custody Thursday morning after an armed standoff.

Troopers said Daniel Stephan, 48, was charged with multiple counts of assault and reckless endangerment plus misconduct involving a weapon. Bail was set at $22,500.

Troopers at about 11 p.m. Wednesday responded to a home near Mile 37 Glenn Highway where Gerald Poirier, 70, said Stephan, his neighbor, had fired a .22-caliber rifle at him and others.

Poirier said a bullet or a bullet fragment struck his son, Michael, 20, in the right foot.

Two others were outside the home. A 24-year-old woman told troopers she injured her shoulder as she attempted to run away.

Officers tried to get Stephan to come out of his home, but he refused. At about 12:30 a.m., officers fired pepper balls into the home.

Two hours later, five members of the trooper Special Emergency Response Team arrived. At about 4:30 a.m., a trooper negotiator arrived and was able to talk Stephan into giving himself up. Troopers said they believe alcohol was a factor in the incident.

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