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Saturday, May 16, 2009

[NC] Suicide-by-cop attempt not as easy for the ex-mayor

...A WOMAN HAD CALLED 911 THREATENING TO SHOOT HERSELF, THEN THREATENING TO KILL ANY POLICE OFFICER WHO CAME TO HER HOUSE... SHE PERIODICALLY SHOOK THE WEAPON IN THE AIR AND IN THE DIRECTION OF OFFICERS...

Because it was a suicide attempt and because I want her to be okay, I am not posting the identifying info or the photo I found of her with the assault rifle over her shoulder - so that this post does not pop up on Google searches. To read the whole article you can follow the link below.

FORMER _______ MAYOR HOLDS POLICE AT BAY WITH ASSAULT RIFLE BEFORE BEING TACKLED
Salisbury Post
By Steve Huffman
Saturday, May 16, 2009 3:00 AM
[Excerpts] An armed standoff involving a former _______ mayor ended without serious injury in the woman's backyard Friday afternoon. _______ _______ 42, who served as mayor from 2005-2007, held law enforcement officers at bay for about an hour before officers tackled her in a storage building behind her house... _______ Police initially went to the scene in response to a reported suicide threat. Transmissions heard across a police scanner indicated a woman had called 911 threatening to shoot herself, then threatening to kill any police officer who came to her house. _______ 's name was eventually mentioned on the scanner, then the fact that she was in her backyard holding police at bay with an assault rifle. Numerous officers — both uniformed and in plain clothes — rushed to the scene wearing bullet-resistant vests. During the standoff, _______ had what appeared to be an assault rifle slung across her shoulders. She periodically shook the weapon in the air and in the direction of officers, then alternated between screaming, throwing her hands above her head and moving in and out of the storage building. Officers sneaked around the corner of the building, then rushed and tackled _______ inside the structure. She could be heard screaming above the crash of bodies hitting the floor of the small building... Sgt. _______ of the _______ Police Department said Friday night that no charges have been filed, though they may be forthcoming. "Luckily, it turned out good for everyone," _______ said. "Hopefully, she'll get the help she needs"... _______ said the first officers to arrive didn't get a response at the front door, then went to the back of the house where they encountered _______ holding an assault-type rifle. _______ said he was told the gun was "an AR-15 type," similar to that used by police. _______ said numerous officers conversed with _______ , trying to get her to drop the gun. He said she alternated between screaming at officers and asking them to kill her... several of the responding officers were acquaintances of _______ 's, and tried to talk sensibly to her about the situation... [Full article here]

One article commenter wrote:
"She got VERY lucky that a bullet didn't end this. I wonder what would have happened if it had been a man or a man of color pointing a assualt rifle at the police and threatening to kill them?"

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