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SWAT team, negotiators called after report of woman with knife


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Columbus police evacuated some residents in a northeast Columbus neighborhood Wednesday night after a woman with a knife refused to surrender to police.

Members of the SWAT team and crisis negotiators were brought in at 6:10 p.m. in the 3400 block of Brent Cross, according to Columbus Police spokesman Sgt. Matt Harris.

The initial call warned that the woman, 48, was outside, stabbing her vehicle and threatening others with a knife, Harris said.

 

But when patrolmen arrived, she was inside a house and making threats to harm the officers, as well as herself, Harris said.

The decision to bring in the SWAT team also was based on information she might have access to other weapons.

After the occupants of neighboring homes were asked to leave, negotiators spoke with the woman for several hours, Harris said.

Shortly after midnight, the woman was taken into custody after she walked outside through the garage. She was transported to a local medical facility for a mental health evaluation, Harris said.

Since the woman’s actions indicated more of a mental crisis than criminal intent, Harris said he is doubtful that charges will be filed in connection with the incident.

Any criminal charges will be determined by the office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash.

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