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HPD tank rams house to end 5-hour standoff
By JEMIMAH NOONOO

Police used a SWAT tank and then a Taser to end a five-hour standoff
with a woman who had barricaded herself in a northeast Houston home
Saturday, authorities said.

The 29-year-old woman, who was shot in the arm by officers, is expected
to be charged with aggravated assault of a police officer, said Gabe
Ortiz, Houston Police Department spokesman.

Police came to the home in the 6200 block of Bacher at about 2:20 p.m.
Witnesses, Ortiz said, told police she was shooting at people walking
and driving by the home. The department’s SWAT team was called in
shortly after 3 p.m. after attempts to speak with her failed, he said.

From the east side of the home, she later shot at officers, Ortiz said.
She moved to the west side of the house about 3:30 p.m. and was aiming
her shotgun out the window, when officers shot her in her right arm, he
said.

For hours, a crisis intervention team tried to convince her out of the
house, telling her over a bullhorn to come out and leave the gun
inside. No one else was inside the home.

“Your children need you to come out,” they said. “We care about your
safety.”

At about 7:20, a Houston police tank rammed the house after
negotiations failed, Ortiz said. Officers entered and then used a Taser
on the woman after she became combative, he said.

Ortiz said he did not know why she barricaded herself.

The woman had started firing the shotgun at family members after her
grandfather’s funeral earlier Saturday, said next-door neighbor Dawna
Norris.

Clairrinda Martin, who said she was a close friend, said others told
her the woman was so distraught she did not attend the service.

The woman is a mother of four children and a hairstylist who regularly
attended church, Martin said.

“She’s a good person,” Martin said.

Ricky Meador, 46, who identified himself as the woman’s cousin, said
the house and shotgun belonged to her grandfather.

“I think her grandfather was like a father, ” Meador said. He also
said she was distraught over the death earlier this year of a brother.

The woman was taken by ambulance to Ben Taub General Hospital and a
neuropsychological unit, Ortiz said.

Chronicle reporter Anita Hassan contributed to this report.

jemimah.noonoo@chron.com

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