Report shows confusion before fatal shoot-out

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2008

ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers have released a report on a fatal shoot-out at the Homer Airport two years ago that left the gunman dead and his 2-year-old son permanently brain-damaged.

The report draws few conclusions, according to the Anchorage Daily News, but provides a picture of miscommunication and confusion in the minutes before the stand-off between Jason Karlo Anderson and law enforcement officers.

Anderson was a violent drug dealer on the U.S. marshals' top-15 wanted list who was hiding out in Alaska.

The troopers were worried that a misstep in apprehending Anderson could turn into a hostage situation because he kept his two small children close by at all times.

He had already threatened to kill them - and as many cops as possible - if an arrest was attempted.

"If they wanted our assistance," said Capt. Tom Bowman, head of the Kenai Peninsula troopers detachment, "it would be only when we could guarantee he was separated from the kids, his pit bull, which he always had with him, and his gun."

The shoot-out occurred near a crowded airport terminal with Anderson's two small children in the car with him.

The report included scant discussion of why the arrest attempt wasn't halted.

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