UPDATE: Standoff Situation Ends in Huntington

By: Hanna Francis Email
By: Hanna Francis Email

UPDATE 1/17/12 @ 11:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Huntington Police say the woman responsible for the standoff in West Huntington Tuesday night has a history of being mentally ill. Neighbors say she is also physically ill.

"She's in bad health, has cancer, terminal cancer. She's in bad spirits all together. She's just out of her mind," neighbor Scott Pugh told WSAZ.com. "She knows death's right around the corner, and I guess she's just losing it."

Pugh told WSAZ.com the woman, whose name police has still not released, just moved into the neighborhood about eight months ago. Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook told WSAZ.com officers and ambulances alike are no stranger to her address.

"She's made a number of calls for medical conditions and mental conditions," Holbrook said. "There is a history with 911."

Pugh told WSAZ.com his wife called 911 for the woman when she said she didn't feel well. When the ambulance arrived, the woman pulled a gun on EMS workers. Police responded shortly after.

It took more than four hours for officers and SWAT team members to coax the woman from the house. She was finally removed, about 9 p.m., on a stretcher.

Holbrook told WSAZ.com the woman was taken to the hospital for evaluation and will then be arraigned at Cabell County Magistrate Court on charges of assaulting medical personnel.



UPDATE 1/17/12 @ 9 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The standoff situation in West Huntington has ended, police tell WSAZ.com.

Officers quickly cleared the scene after the woman was taken away in an ambulance. Earlier Tuesday evening, she had brandished a firearm. A SWAT team, along with several Huntington and State Police officers, were at the scene along 26th Street West near the intersection of Adams Avenue.

Police went in to get the woman after she was in the home for nearly three hours.

Earlier in the evening, emergency workers said the woman had pulled a gun on them and they left.

Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook said the woman has a history of mental illness and makes a lot of medical calls.

No one was injured in the standoff.

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UPDATE 1/17/12 @ 7:40 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police remain Tuesday night on the scene of a standoff in West Huntington.

A SWAT team also is on the scene along 26th Street West near the intersection of Adams Avenue, along with Huntington Police and West Virginia State Police.

Earlier in the evening, emergency workers said the woman had pulled a gun on them and they left. Wearing only a bra and pants, she stood on her front porch for about two minutes, then went back into the home.

Police warned bystanders to get back -- concerned that the woman could use the firearm.

We have a crew at the scene. For the latest updates, keep clicking on WSAZ.com.

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ORIGINAL STORY 1/17/12 @ 6 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police are on the scene of a standoff in West Huntington.

Huntington Police tell WSAZ.com when emergency workers were called to a home along 26th Street West, the woman pulled a gun on them and they left.

They say the workers have been let out of the home, but the woman has now barricaded herself inside and is refusing to cooperate with police.

Several officers are inside of a neighbors home for precautionary measures.

We have a crew at the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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