Man killed in standoff had air pistol

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say the man killed in a standoff earlier this week had an air pistol.

They reported Wednesday that they shot and killed an armed man during an hour-long standoff at an Anchorage apartment.

Officers said they felt threatened by 48-year-old Joseph Gannon, who refused to let in authorities responding to a call that a woman in the apartment was not breathing.

They thought Gannon was carrying a .45 caliber Colt pistol, but on Saturday Anchorage police said the gun Gannon had brandished turned out to be

The office of special prosecutors has concluded that the use of deadly force was justified.

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