Standoff with woman barricaded in car with a gun ends after 13 hours

After a 13-hour standoff, police say a woman who had barricaded herself inside her car with a loaded weapon was in custody.

She was taken for a medical evaluation, police said.

It all started after she was pulled over for a routine traffic stop at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police say the woman remained in her car parked in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood with a gun while SWAT members surrounded the vehicle and occasionally gave her food and water.

Every once in a while the woman opened the white vehicle’s door to get some fresh air, said Miami Police Sgt. Freddie Cruz.

“We have a lot of patience. We have time on our side because we want a safe resolution to this incident,” said the sergeant. “We don’t want to see the lady hurting herself or one of our officers or anyone in the community. We do know she is armed. We are talking with her. We have provided her with logistics, food and water.”

According to report from WPLG Channel 10, the woman — who hasn’t been identified — is likely homeless and living out of her car. The address of Camillus House, the Miami agency that cares for the poor and homeless, is listed for the car’s registration.

The woman was alone in the vehicle and no one has been injured during the standoff. But it caused some minor havoc in the congested neighborhood of art houses, clubs and restaurants. Some streets were closed and nearby Miami Arts Charter students were on lockdown most of the day. By late afternoon, they had been released from school.

The standoff began when a Miami police officer pulled the car over for a routine traffic stop at Northwest 21st Street and First Court. The officer noticed a weapon on the center console and called for backup. When he ordered the woman out of the car, she refused and slammed the door.

Police said another person was in the car at one point, but managed to get out.

“She is now receiving the help that she needs,” Cruz said in a video posted to Twitter late Tuesday. “We had a peaceful resolution.”

Miami Herald staff writer Carli Teproff contributed to this report.

Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.