HPD SWAT Surrrounds a 74 Year Old Woman

Welcome to Houston.

We have a culture of self protection and second amendment rights in Houston. Is it surprising that a 74 year old woman would have a  gun? Is it surprising that a 74 year old woman might also be suffering from dementia?

In comes the HPD SWAT team to save the day. After being seen with a pistol in her hand, neighbors quickly called SWAT on the elderly woman. SWAT team negotiated with the woman to surrender after watching her sweep her apartment and listening to her on the phone “ramble about various subjects”.

Another example of excessive force brought to you by HPD.

Oct. 2, 2007, 6:30PM
Woman surrenders after N. Houston SWAT standoff

By KEVIN MORAN
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

A 74-year-old north Houston woman surrendered to police this morning, about nine hours after officers were called to her apartment complex because of reports that she was carrying a pistol.

The woman, with whom officers and relatives had talked intermittently during the standoff, gave up peacefully shortly after 8:30 a.m., said Houston police Capt. M.L. Curran.

Police did not immediately say whether charges would be filed or whether the woman would be taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Officers earlier had said it was not clear why she was walking around with a .38-caliber pistol in her hand, but that she did not appear to intend harm to herself or anyone else.

Police had blocked off a section of North Shepherd near Interstate 45 early this morning while members of the SWAT team tried to convince the woman to come out.

Officers had been called at 11:23 p.m. Monday after neighbors reported seeing her with the pistol at the Mesa Park Apartments, in the 7400 block of North Shepherd.

SWAT negotiators talked with the woman by telephone and used a loudspeaker in an effort to persuade her to pick up the phone or come out.

“We are here to help you. We are not here to hurt you,” a police negotiator told the woman.

“As long as you follow our instructions, we can guarantee your safety,” the negotiator said. “Let your niece, Brenda, talk with you. She is very concerned about your safety. She wants you to get back on the phone.”

During the standoff, police occasionally could see the woman through the windows of her apartment, sometimes carrying the pistol but also sweeping the floor at times, officers said.

Her second-floor apartment overlooks the intersection of North Shepherd and West Little York.

During discussions with police on the phone, the woman was “rambling about various subjects,”  HPD spokesman John Cannon said.

kevin.moran@chron.com

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1 Comment

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One response to “HPD SWAT Surrrounds a 74 Year Old Woman

  1. Joe

    So now you can’t walk around with a gun in your house. How do they know she wasn’t planning on cleaning the gun?

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