Seward man shoots himself after standoff with police

Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 33-year-old Seward man shot and killed himself Tuesday night during a standoff with Alaska State Troopers and Seward police.

Spokesman Greg Wilkinson said troopers received a report at 6:14 p.m. that Clayton Stoddard was drunk, armed and threatening to kill a woman and two children in a Seward home.

A trooper arrived at the home as Stoddard was on the front porch yelling and waving a handgun.

The woman inside, who had called troopers, and the two children were able to flee to a Seward Police Department car. As troopers and police cleared neighbors from the area, Stoddard threatened to kill himself or anyone trying to enter the home.

After an hour, Stoddard got into a pickup truck and backed out of the home's driveway. After he made it onto the road, Stoddard maneuvered around a device designed to deflate tires but drove into a ditch.

Police and troopers illuminated the pickup and told Stoddard to put down the gun. After about five minutes of attempted negotiation, Stoddard put the gun to his head and fired once, Wilkinson said.

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