Two men hold police at bay in separate Fairbanks incidents

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Several families were evacuated from an apartment complex Thursday while a neighbor kept police at bay, firing a warning shot at Fairbanks police before surrendering peacefully about four hours later. It was the second such incident in as many nights.

William Ludwig, 24, locked himself in his Fairview Manor apartment Thursday night, threatening to shoot anyone who tried to enter. He fired a shot out the back window of the apartment about 10 p.m., police said.

Police Sgt. Dan Welborn said Ludwig was very upset over a ''relationship-type situation.'' The woman involved left the apartment partway through the standoff.

The earlier incident also led to the evacuation of several families when a man who held police at bay for more than 12 hours.

Fairbanks Police Lt. Dave Kendrick said Daniel F. Heppeard, 43, was arrested after a 12-hour standoff when police forced the man out of his apartment. Heppeard was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for a mental evaluation.

Police said no one was injured in the incident.

The standoff began when police went to Heppeard's apartment regarding a domestic violence restraining order violation, but he refused to come to the door, Kendrick said. After police left, Heppeard allegedly made threatening phone calls to his wife, Kendrick said, and continued to refuse to let officers in the home.



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