Woman in psychiatric care after shooting at husband, SWAT standoff
On Sunday, January 22, 2012, at approximately 6:45 pm, Patrol Division Officers responded to a reported disturbance with shots fired in the 2200 block of Laurel St. When Officers arrived, they spoke with a 58-year-old Beaumont man who told them that his 51-year-old wife had fired one shot at him with a handgun. The man was not struck and he was able to get the handgun away from his wife and flee the residence to notify police. The man also said that his wife was intoxicated and had access to two rifles in the house. Patrol Officers attempted to make contact with the female but she refused to come out of the house. Due to the high-risk nature of the incident, SWAT and Negotiators were summoned to the residence at 8:05 p.m.
SWAT and Negotiators arrived and took control of the scene as the standoff continued for about forty more minutes. The standoff was resolved peacefully when the female exited the back door of the residence unarmed and began to speak with Negotiators. While speaking with the Negotiators, the woman was taken into custody by SWAT without further incident.
The male did not wish to file charges against his wife but Officers did complete an Offense Report for Aggravated Assault – Family Violence. The female was transported to Fannin Pavilion on an Emergency Peace Officer Committal. She will undergo psychiatric evaluation for a period of up to seventy-two hours, according to police reports.