ITHACA, N.Y. — The Ithaca SWAT team was called to the 500 block of Spencer Road Monday after receiving reports that a woman inside may have been armed and barricading herself inside a home.
The initial call for service was at 11:43 a.m. and was a reported possible overdose, Deputy Chief Pete Tyler said. But after speaking with knowledgeable witnesses at the scene, the situation changed.
“We determined that the person could…be under the influence and armed with a knife,” Tyler said.
Officer were unsuccessful at trying to make contact with the woman through a PA system, and per department policy, the SWAT team was called to the scene.
Officers were able to find, however, that the woman was unconscious in the home after intentionally overdosing on prescription pills. She was transported to a hospital in a Bangs Ambulance.
One witness also had serious injuries to her head and arm and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Police said that since initial reports were that the woman was armed with a common kitchen knife, they were unable to determine for sure if she had in fact been armed.
The entire incident lasted about an hour and a half.
IPD released the following statement about the incident:
On 09-12-16 @ 1143 Hrs Ithaca Police Officers responded to the report of a possible intentional overdose. Upon arrival Officers were advised by two people on-scene that the subject attempting to overdose has a large knife and is barricaded in the bedroom of the apartment. One witness also had a serious injury to her head and arm. This witness was taken from the scene by Bang’s Ambulance to the Hospital for treatment.
Officers set up a perimeter at the location and attempted to make contact with the subject that was barricaded inside the apartment. Ithaca Police SWAT and Critical Incident Negotiations Team were contacted to assist in making contact with the subject. Tactical Officers were able to get a visual into the apartment, were able to locate the subject from outside and make the determination that immediate medical care was needed.
The subject was then removed from the apartment and treated by Bang’s Ambulance. The subject was transported to Cayuga Medical Center for care and treatment under the Mental Hygiene Law.
Possible criminal charges may be pending in this case. The name of the barricaded subject will not be released unless criminal charges are pursued.
Bang’s Ambulance and Ithaca Fire Department assisted at the scene of the incident. As of 1:30 PM all Ithaca Police Units are clear of the incident.
All photos by Jolene Almendarez/ The Ithaca Voice