Gastonia Police Standoff

Gastonia SWAT Standoff 3
Police surround a residence on 11th Avenue in Gastonia where a suspect that is believed to be armed has engaged police in a protracted standoff on Tuesday May 5, 2009. The woman, who has a history of mental illness and was believed to be armed with a rifle, refused to leave her home after authorities attempted to serve her with involuntary commitment papers.

Police negotiators, below, who were assisted by mental health professionals, speak with the suspect over a loudspeaker as they attempt to talk her out. Police responded with SWAT teams and snipers, second from bottom, and evacuated nearby residents from their homes for safety reasons during the standoff that lasted some six hours.

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