Woman hospitalized after barricading herself in home with a weapon

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A woman is hospitalized after barricading herself Tuesday evening in her west Houston apartment for nearly 12 hours and pointing a gun at the front door.

Officers, including a SWAT team, were called about 7:30 p.m. to the woman’s apartment in the 2600 block of Fountainview, said Capt. Larry Baimbridge with the Houston Police Department.

When they arrived, the woman remained inside her apartment, armed and refusing to come out.

Witnesses said the woman – who has not been identified – had recently been through a break-up.

“It appears she was in a mental crisis,” Baimbridge said.

One other person was inside of the residence: the woman’s roommate, who had barricaded herself inside of another room in the home to protect herself.

The woman repeatedly refused to leave the apartment, prompting officers to use gas to get her out.

When she exited her home, she was speaking incoherently. She mumbled about the CIA and drug cartels, Baimbridge said.

She also was carrying a firearm.

Officers used a “less lethal” weapon against the woman to incapacitate her so they could take her into custody.

The ordeal lasted nearly 12 hours; the woman was taken just before 6 a.m. to an area hospital. She had injuries from the gas and from the “less lethal” weapon, Baimbridge said.

Then, she will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

It’s not clear what charges the woman may face.

“Right now, we’re just worried about her mental condition,” Baimbridge said. “We’ll worry about the charges later.”

SOURCEHouston Chronicle
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