Police: Woman in Dupo standoff was depressed, suicidal

News-DemocratJune 25, 2013 

— A standoff involving a woman who is connected to an Alorton police officer has ended, and the woman was taken to a hospital.

Neither the woman nor the officer were identified, but according to Alorton Police Chief Larry Austell, the woman barricaded herself inside an apartment on Wil Drive where she lives with an Alorton police officer.

The woman may be the wife or girlfriend of the officer, but the relationship is not clear, Austel said.

At the scene of the incident, Dupo Police Chief Doug Keys said the 45-year-old woman was depressed after not being able to find a job and made repeated phone calls to 911 starting at around 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Officers from several agencies, including State Police, Belleville Police and the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department, arrived between 5-5:30 a.m. after Dupo police reported a woman was barricaded inside the residence.

Sheriff Rick Watson said officers with the St. Clair County Special Response Team arrived on Wil Drive at 5 a.m. and were told by Dupo police that the female was depressed and suicidal.

"We negotiated with her for about an hour and a half. Then, she opened the door and threw several bottles of pills out. We negotiated a little more. We wanted to use caution because someone had looked inside and saw a gun there," Watson said.

"Then, we used our Bear Cat and breached the front door and sent the robot in. We saw the woman sleeping on the floor. Our officers went in and secured things before calling EMS. She was taken to the hospital about 10 a.m.," Watson said.

Watson said he was pleased with the way things were handled.

"There were no injuries to anyone. And, we were able to get some help for the woman. So, it had a happy ending and I am happy things went the way they did," Watson said.

No medical report was immediately available on the female.

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