CHUBBUCK — Law enforcement officers were able to take an armed suicidal woman into custody following a two-hour standoff with her on a rural road just outside of Chubbuck on Sunday.
The incident began to unfold shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday when the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office was notified by an individual who said the woman wanted to kill herself.
A few minutes later at 3 p.m., before any alerts had been sent out by the Sheriff’s Office about the suicidal woman, a Bannock County sheriff’s deputy was coincidentally patrolling 2 1/2 Mile Road near the Oregon Trail Shooting Range when he spotted two vehicles parked along the road. The deputy got out of his patrol SUV to investigate and was told by people in one of the vehicles that the suicidal woman was in the other car and they were trying to persuade her not to kill herself, the Sheriff’s Office said.
When the deputy approached the woman in her car she pulled out a pistol and pointed it at her head, causing the deputy to call for back up, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Additional Sheriff’s Office deputies as well as Pocatello and Chubbuck police responded to the scene, along with the Chubbuck and Pocatello fire departments.
Firefighters temporarily shut down 2 1/2 Mile Road while law enforcement officers tried to talk the woman out of committing suicide.
The officers were successful in their discussions with the woman and she surrendered without incident around 5 p.m. Sunday. Police confiscated the woman’s firearm and she was transported via ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.
The Sheriff’s Office said the woman’s going to remain at PMC for at least a few days for a mental health evaluation.
No one was injured during the standoff and no shots were fired, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Authorities said they’re not going to release the woman’s name but she is from the Pocatello area. The woman will not face any criminal charges because of the incident, the Sheriff’s Office said.