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Richmond Ave Standoff

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Around 12:40 Monday afternoon, police were called out to a home on the 2100 block of Richmond Street, to check the welfare of a female. The woman was threatening to harm herself. About five patrol officers responded and the entire SWAT team was on scene and had the entire block shut down. Public Information Officer, Brandie Banda said, "She had barricaded herself inside the residence and there were unknown weapons inside the house, therefore, SWAT was called out. After trying to make contact with her they did make entry into the home, took custody of her..."

Neighbors were turned away, not permitted to go home. Residents watching were told to go inside and not to come out. Johnny George was told to go in his garage, he recorded the event on his cell phone. "I was filming it outside the window because they told me to go in the house. So, I got them going across, behind their shields. And they went up and busted the door and then backed up...it was pretty crazy." 

A negotiator was on scene, but to no avail the SWAT team had to move in. The suspect was subdued and the house was cleared. The stand-off lasted over an hour and half and ended without incident. There were no injuries.

Police have not yet released the name of the suspect. She was taken to North Texas State Hospital for evaluation. It is not clear what caused the woman to become unstable, however, authorities believe mental health issues may be an underlying factor.

Jenyne Donaldson, Newschannel Six.

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