A woman who was originally suspected of shooting her mother and then fleeing in a car, is safely in custody with mental health issues.
Sheriff’s Deputies say 9-1-1 dispatchers got a call Tuesday morning that the woman had shot her mother and was driving off to an isolated area to shoot herself. Deputies immediately scrambled to track down the woman. They quickly learned that the woman was headed up the south end of Prison Hill to kill herself. She had a long rifle among other weapons.
Within minutes deputies were arriving at south Prison Hill headed up a dirt road toward the top. They quietly spotted her sitting in her car. It was high-centered and couldn’t be driven any further. At the moment the deputies also learned that she DID NOT shoot her mother.
Over a period of a couple of hours the woman got out – walked around – then got back in the car. Knowing that she had threatened to kill herself, deputies held-back while strategically positioning themselves to monitor her behavior.
A psychological negotiator arrived on scene and convinced the woman to put down her guns and surrender. Eventually she complied and was taken in to custody. She was not charged with any crime but will be under the care of mental health professionals.
Progressive law enforcement at its best.