Police standoff ends in Harnett County

January 28, 2013 9:00:00 PM PST
A woman is in custody after keeping Harnett County deputies at bay for more than seven hours Tuesday.

It started around noon with a welfare check at a home near Sanford.

The whole situation led to a huge inconvenience for people living in the area.

"My daughter, she saw the police. They came in our yard," said neighbor Renee McCutchen. "She didn't know what was going on. They came down our driveway, then they came back out."

Video from Chopper 11 HD showed a crush of Harnett County deputies vehicles surrounding an area in the 100 block of Brent Wood Road.

A special response team arrived at the Carolina Hills home around noon for a wellbeing check. It was for a woman who neighbors feared would harm herself.

"I've seen her come out and play with her dogs," said McCutchen. "She had two German shepherds, but other than that she keeps to herself."

McCutchen was one of a handful of residents evacuated from their homes. She was still waiting go back home hours later.

The stand-off prompted a call from the nearby Highland Elementary School where McCutchen's kids attend.

"The call said it was some kind of disturbance in the neighborhood and they would not allow the kids to be dropped off in Carolina Hills at all," said McCutchen. "So, we had to come to the school to pick them up."

A Harnett County major on the scene told ABC11 that deputies talked with the person face-to-face for seven hours before she willingly left with them. Authorities described her as emotionally unstable. They didn't find any weapons and said no one was ever in danger.

"We just hope and praying that she's OK and that everything, you know, will be alright," said McCutchen. "We're just ready to get back in our house."

Officials said the woman is undergoing a mental evaluation.

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