Saturday standoff leads to arrest in downtown Fairbanks

Fairbanks Police Department
Fairbanks Police Department(KTVF)
Published: Jan. 15, 2023 at 1:24 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks Police Department (FPD) received a call of a man loading a rifle and pointing it at houses and cars driving by in the area of 5th Ave. and Hall Street in downtown Fairbanks, on Saturday, Jan. 14 around 1 p.m.

37-year old Aaron Jerome Ludwig was observed randomly entering and exiting his residence with a rifle and short-barreled shotgun and at one point had a small child with him.

The Fairbanks Police Department, Alaska State Troopers Special Emergency Reaction Team ( AST SERT), and the Fairbanks Fire Department emergency medical personnel responded to the scene.

Law enforcement were able to assist in helping an adult and the child leave the residence. Ludwig was not compliant and made statements he would not be arrested, according to a FPD press release. After AST SERT deployed “less-lethal” gas, Ludwig came out of his residence and was apprehended at approximately 4 p.m.

Ludwig received an on the scene medical evaluation and was arrested and remanded to the Fairbanks Correctional Center. His charges include Reckless Endangerment and Violating Conditions of Release.

Ludwig was arrested earlier during the week and released with conditions that prohibited him from possessing firearms.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident should contact Officer Hanson at or call 907-450-6500.