GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Police told Action 2 News a woman is in custody after an armed situation at a gas station in Green Bay.
“This situation was resolved peacefully. The female was taken into custody. No injuries were reported in this incident, ”read a statement from Green Bay Police.
At 4:19 am, police were called to the Grand Central station on E. Mason and Bellevue streets with a report of an armed woman who “brandished a gun in a threatening manner.”
“A woman was in distress and she was walking through the gas station and maybe pointed a handgun at someone pumping gasoline and then also, again, at another lady who was there. ‘inside the gas station,’ said Staff Sgt. Erin Bloch, Green Bay Police.
Negotiators were called to the scene to communicate with the woman. The Bearcat vehicle intervened on the scene. Communication was difficult at first because she had the windows up and the gun pointed at her.
“We brought out crisis negotiators. We had three there to try to communicate with her. We had tried to get her a cell phone at one point to try and communicate with her that way. It was also another obstacle, as we weren’t able to hear what she was saying in the vehicles we were in at the time, ”said Sgt. Bloch.
At around 6 a.m., the woman exited the vehicle with the handgun in her hand. Police say they used pepper balls on her so they could stop her safely.
Police suspect the woman has mental health issues. She was talking about the Al-Qaeda terrorist group and wanted to contact the FBI. Officers were able to contact his family. The family said they believed the woman was having a mental health crisis.
“She seemed to be hallucinating and shouting things about the FBI and Al Qaeda. It was hard to get her attention, but they tried to establish communication with her, ”Bloch said.
The authorities are trying to get his help.
“Right now we’re just looking to get her help with her mental health needs. That was what was the basis of it all, ”said Bloch.
Roads in the area were closed during the situation. Traffic is fluid again.
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