A woman is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at a local hospital this morning after threatening to commit suicide and brandishing a shotgun at Belmont police as they entered her home.
The woman, whose name and age have not been released, barricaded herself in a townhouse in the 1100 block of Continentals Way on Wednesday night.
According to Capt. Dan DeSmidt, Belmont police officers responded to a townhouse at approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday. A man there reported that his wife was threatening suicide. When officers arrived they were met by the woman who claimed that she had a gun and threatened to shoot the officers. The woman then barricaded herself in the townhouse.
Officers attempted to talk to the woman by phone but she was uncooperative.
At one point she came to the front door and officers saw that she was bleeding from unknown injuries. Soon after the woman stopped answering the telephone calls. Fearing for the woman’s safety officers entered the home, where she brandished a rifle and pointed it at them. She was detained after being struck by several Less Lethal shotgun rounds fired by the officers.
Police say the woman was transported to a local hospital where she is being held for psychiatric evaluation pending criminal charges including assault with a deadly weapon on the officers. Her injuries are not life threatening.
One officer suffered a leg injury during the operation. He was treated and released from a local hospital.
The surrounding neighbors were evacuated and traffic was diverted with the assistance of San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Deputies until the incident ended at approximately 11:30 pm.