Woman in custody after armed situation at Green Bay gas station

Published: Sep. 1, 2021 at 5:16 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2021 at 7:32 AM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Police tell Action 2 News a woman is in custody after an armed situation at a Green Bay gas station.

“This situation has been resolved peacefully. The female was taken into custody. There were no injuries reported in this incident,” reads a statement from Green Bay Police.

At 4:19 a.m., police were called to the Grand Central Station at E. Mason and Bellevue Streets for a report of an armed woman who “displayed a firearm in a threatening manner.”

“A female was in distress and she was going through the gas station and had possibly pointed a handgun at somebody out pumping gas and then also, again, at another lady that was inside the gas station,” said Sgt. Erin Bloch, Green Bay Police.

Negotiators were called to the scene to communicate with the woman. The Bearcat vehicle responded to the scene. Communication was difficult at first because she had her windows rolled up and the gun pointed at herself.

“We had crisis negotiators come out. We had three of them on scene to try to communicate with her. We had tried to get her a cell phone at one point in time to try to communicate with her that way. That was another barrier, as well, since we weren’t able to hear what she was saying back in the vehicles we were in at the time,” said Sgt. Bloch.

At about 6 a.m., the woman came out of the vehicle with the handgun in her hand. Officers say they used pepper balls on her so they could safely take her into custody.

Police suspect the woman was suffering from mental health issues. She was talking about terror group Al-Qaeda and wanting to communicate with the FBI. Officers were able to contact her family. Family said they believed the woman was having a mental health crisis.

“She seemed to be having hallucinations and she was shouting things about the FBI and about Al-Qaeda. It was hard to capture her attention but they tried to establish communication with her,” said Bloch.

Authorities are working to get her help.

“Right now we’re just looking at getting her help for her mental health needs. That was what was at the basis of all of this,” said Bloch.

Roads in the area were closed during the situation. Traffic is flowing again.

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