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Siege woman in hospital

Wednesday, 3rd August, 2011

A woman armed with what was thought to be a rifle surrendered to police yesterday after a stand-off that lasted all night.

The hospital had called police on Monday night to check on the welfare of the 52-year-old woman who lived in Boughtman Street, police said yesterday.

But when they arrived about 9pm they were met at the front door by the woman holding what appeared to be a rifle, they said.

Police said they cordoned off the area around the house and started negotiating with the woman.  

Trained police negotiators and State Protection Support Unit staff from the Barrier Local Area Command, along with other staff, were called in. Two of them came from Dareton and another two from Wilcannia, police said.  

The negotiations went on all night and the woman surrendered to police about 7am yesterday when it was then found that the firearm was in fact an air rifle, police said.

They said the woman was taken to hospital where her mental state was assessed. She was later admitted to hospital where she remained yesterday.

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