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New Market standoff ends in woman's surrender

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SWAT teams arrived, and a negotiator talked with the woman for about an hour. SWAT teams arrived, and a negotiator talked with the woman for about an hour.
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NEW MARKET, AL (WAFF) -

A police standoff had neighbors on edge in New Market Friday morning in the subdivision behind the Grace Point Baptist Church on Winchester Road in Riverton.

Authorities said a woman in her 40s or 50s had a gun, and she called 911 around 9 a.m. saying she was going to kill herself.

SWAT teams arrived, and a negotiator talked with the woman for about an hour.

Several homes in the area had to be evacuated and the preschool at the church a few blocks away was also placed on lockdown. 

Authorities said at one point the woman walked outside her home before returning inside. 

They said her husband also helped talk her into putting the gun down and going with deputies.

"We have the resources now that we can correct this in a different manner. We can bring our SWAT team, our negotiators, we can bring everyone now. Years ago we didn't have the ability and resources to conduct these calls like this," said Sgt. Brian Chaffin with Madison County Sheriff's Office.

The woman eventually put down the weapon and surrendered.

She was taken into custody, but no charges have been filed against her at this time.

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