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Coupland school on lockdown before suicidal woman detained at her home


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William County sheriff’s office alerted after someone saw woman’s suicide threat on Facebook.

Deputies detained woman after shooting her with nonlethal rounds, says Sheriff Robert Chody

A woman who threatened to kill herself on Facebook was arrested by Williamson County sheriff’s deputies Friday in Coupland after they shot nonlethal rounds at her, said Sheriff Robert Chody. The woman’s name was not released.

A school was put on lockdown near the woman’s home Friday afternoon as a precaution until the standoff ended, Chody said.

“No students were at risk at any time,” he said. He said he did not have information immediately available about the woman’s address.

Someone who saw the woman’s threat on Facebook alerted the sheriff’s office about 2:37 p.m., Chody said. Deputies were able to find the woman, who is about 50 years old, at her house, he said. She initially refused to come out of her house and made threats about killing herself, Chody said.

When deputies were able to get her to come outside, she was holding a suicide note, he said. When the wind blew the note away, deputies saw she also was holding a handgun, the sheriff said. They were concerned about her safety so they shot her with a nonlethal round, Chody said.

He described the round as a “wax-type wad.”

The woman fell but she made threatening gestures toward the deputies, so they shot her two to three more times with nonlethal rounds before they were able to arrest her, he said. They took her into custody about 3:18 p.m.

“I truly believe our officers saved her life,” Chody said. “My belief is this was a suicide by cop preparation and it didn’t work out the way she wanted it to.”

He said the sheriff’s officer is considering charges against the woman but also want her to receive mental help.



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