Troopers: Man kills self after standoff; home burns

Posted: Monday, February 26, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man apparently shot himself to death and his home was destroyed by fire after a three-hour standoff over the weekend, the Alaska State Troopers say.

Gilbert Hamm, 54, was found dead Sunday afternoon in the burned-out shell of his two-story home, troopers said.

The fire broke out apparently after Hamm shot himself, troopers said.

Hamm said he was despondent because of a relationship problem, according to Sgt. Ron Wall, a trooper negotiator who talked with him before he died.

The incident began around 2 p.m. after authorities received a call that Hamm allegedly had threatened a woman and two others with a rifle, trooper Eric Olsen said.

Hamm fired some shots from inside the house but it wasn't clear if he was shooting at troopers, Olsen said.

A call went out for emergency back up from the North Pole Police Department, Olsen said. Law enforcement officials about that time were able to confirm Hamm was alone in the house.

His wife and two sons had escaped the home to call troopers, neighbors told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

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