Neighborhood Standoff Ends Peacefully

AROMAS—The Monterey County Sheriff’s Department cordoned off an area around Bardue Street and locked down Aromas Elementary School as a domestic dispute escalated into a standoff.

Jacqueline Burse-Woodward

On Thursday, as deputies arrived on the scene, a male victim that was outside the house was promptly removed.  Deputies established a perimeter and the surrounding homes were evacuated.

It appears that the female half of the first domestic call had barricaded herself inside the home.  It had been reported that there were weapons inside the house.  Authorities later recovered three rifles and one small handgun from the home.

The suspect was identified as Jacqueline Burse-Woodard, 50, who reportedly upset because of the domestic dispute.  Deputies at the scene attempted to negotiate with her for hours without success.  Woodard had expressed that she would use the weapons that were in the house if authorities attempted to come inside her residence.

At about 2 p.m., The Monterey County Sheriff’s Department Special Weapons and Tactic (SWAT) team were called out as well as the Hostage Negotiation Team.  Members of the County’s Behavioral Health team also responded.  Other agencies that responded to help with the incident were the California Highway Patrol (CHP), American Medical Response (AMR) and Cal Fire.

The SWAT team surrounded the house as the HNT team kept in constant communication with Mrs. Woodard in an effort to end this incident peacefully.  At approximately 1 a.m. several other agencies took over the situation as the standoff continued into the night and early morning hours.

“Our first priority was to resolve this incident peacefully,” Monterey County Sheriff’s Department Commander Lisa Nash said. “It took a number of agencies but we are happy with the results.”

At 7 am, on Friday the suspect voluntarily gave herself up.  She was taken into custody by the Salinas Police Department as they helped with manpower as the situation went through the night.  She was turned over to the Sheriff’s Department and booked into Monterey County Jail.

Woodard faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon and making terrorist threats.  Her bail has been set at $65,000.00 dollars.

Read More:

San Jose Mercury News: Aromas Woman Arrested After Standoff

Santa Cruz Sentinel: Woman Arrested, Three Rifles Found After Aromas Standoff

Neighborhood Standoff Ends Peacefully was last modified: January 11th, 2019 by admin
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