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WILMINGTON, NC. (WWAY) — Wilmington Police had their hands full in the Hillcrest Community Monday afternoon with a standoff that lasted for close to four hours.

Around 10:00 A.M., Wilmington Police were dispatched to North Liberty Ct. in the Hillcrest community for a report of a woman hitting a car with a baseball bat.

Once officers arrived on scene the woman went into her home and barricaded herself inside.

Negotiators were called in and attempted to calm down the woman to bring a peaceful end to the situation.

Just before 2:00 P.M. SWAT team members entered the home and were able to subdue the suspect.

“Our primary concern with all of these types of circumstances is public safety,” said Capt. Jim Varrone, of the Wilmington Police Department. “We have to be not only concerned with our safety but the safety of the person we are trying to get into custody, and the safety of the neighbors so it requires quite a bit of human resources and capital resources out here to manage that.”

After successfully removing the suspect from the home police took a baseball bat and lighter fluid from the home.

The woman was taken by ambulance to a psychiatric hospital in Wilmington to be evaluated.

Police aren’t releasing her name at this time due to HIPAA laws.


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