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Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 11:34 pm

FAIRBANKS — A four-hour standoff between a man in Anderson and Alaska State Troopers ended without incident Tuesday morning when the man agreed to come out of his house unarmed.

About 10:33 p.m. Monday, trooper dispatchers in Fairbanks received a call about a man threatening his family with a firearm in their Anderson home, according to a news release posted online.

While the troopers Special Emergency Reaction Team was on the way, the family reportedly escaped the house. The SERT team surrounded the house while patrol troopers got on the phone with Ronald Shepherd, 38, who remained inside.

At 2:47 a.m., the troopers on the phone convinced Shepherd to surrender peacefully. He was arrested without incident and was taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center on charges of third-degree felony assault and misdemeanor weapons misconduct. No one was hurt in the incident.

Troopers believe alcohol or drugs played a role in the incident but are waiting for a toxicology report to determine what kind, trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said. A firearm was found inside the home, she said.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter, @FDNMcrime.

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