SAN DIEGO — Police say no one was hurt after a woman pulled up to their headquarters in downtown San Diego Wednesday afternoon with several weapons in her car and started acting erratically.
The woman was pulling into the department parking lot, near the intersection of Broadway and 14th Street, around 12:30 p.m. when an employee spotted a shotgun in her sedan, officers say.
Police hurriedly closed off the lot and surrounding streets as officers approached the woman, asking her to come out of her car and surrender to them.
The woman got out of her car, began screaming and took off her shirt before getting back behind the wheel and driving out of the parking lot, police said. After officers pulled her over nearby, she surrendered without further incident.
Several firearms and ammunition were ultimately taken from the vehicle. Police shared photos of a shotgun, handgun, knife, rounds of ammunition and a Mercedes Benz key (it wasn’t immediately clear if or how the key was connected to the woman, who had been driving a Kia).
After initially tweeting a warning to avoid the area, SDPD sent out an update minutes later, saying: “We are happy to report that the incident quickly resolved and our officers were able to safely detain the woman. The area is safe and no one was harmed.”
The woman, whose name was not released, was expected to be taken to a mental health facility for a psychiatric evaluation.
“Despite the unpredictable environment, our officers’ actions de-escalated a potentially dangerous situation. We were able to safely get the woman into custody and confiscate several guns and ammunition,” SDPD said in a final update. “Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) was on hand to assess and provide support to the woman.”
It was not immediately clear if she would be charged with a crime.