Warrant issued for highway shooting suspect

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A warrant has been issued for Kevin Thibodeau in connection with the incident that closed the Seward Highway overnight.

A warrant has been issued for Kevin Thibodeau in connection with the incident that closed the Seward Highway overnight.

Update:

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man suspected of firing shots south of Anchorage, leading law enforcement officers to close the Seward Highway for more than 12 hours.

Alaska State Troopers are seeking 36-year-old Kevin Thibodeau on a warrant charging him with assault and weapons misconduct.

Troopers just before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday took a report of an armed man near Beluga Point. As troopers and police approached the popular pullout at the point, the man fired a handgun.

Troopers and police closed the highway in response.

Troopers brought in a SWAT team and officers Thursday morning began a ground search.

Thibodeau could not be found.

The Seward Highway was reopened at just before 9:30 a.m.

Troopers say people with information about Thibodeu’s location should call them or Anchorage police.

Original story:

ANCHORAGE — The only highway connecting Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula has been reopened after law enforcement closed the roadway to deal with a man with a gun.

Anchorage police just before 9:30 p.m. Wednesday announced they were closing the Seward Highway because of a distraught, armed man who had fired shots and threatened another person.

According to the Alaska Department of Transportation, the highway reopened in both directions after 9 a.m. Thursday between McHugh Creek and Beluga Point.

Avalanche hazard mitigation work is ongoing in the same area, and may cause delays.

— Staff and wire reports

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