No charges in Lancaster standoff, police say

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Police said a city woman is not facing any criminal charges for a five-hour standoff Wednesday that forced people in her neighborhood out of their homes.

The woman, who was not identified, was transported to a hospital after she was taken into custody in the 400 block of Lancaster Avenue shortly after 9 p.m.

Officers were assisting in serving a petition for involuntary mental health evaluation, but the 35-year-old woman refused to leave the house and the officers overheard her say she was going to get her gun. It had been confirmed the woman had access to a handgun as well as ballistic body armor, police said.

The Lancaster County Special Emergency Response Team and the Crisis Response Team responded to the neighborhood and several adjoining homes in the block were evacuated. Other residents were asked to stay inside their homes until the standoff ended.

Police did not release the woman’s name due to the medical nature of the incident.

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