The Gwinnett Police SWAT team responded to the Park Crossing Apartments around 9 a.m. Saturday. (Staff Photo: Tyler Estep)
LILBURN -- A Saturday morning SWAT situation at a Lilburn apartment complex was resolved peacefully.
Gwinnett County police responded to the Park Crossing Apartments around 7:30 a.m. Saturday after a young woman's mother called 911 regarding her "distraught daughter." When officers arrived, the unidentified woman, described as being in her early 20s, had a handgun to her head and was threatening to harm herself.
She was alone inside the apartment.
Because the woman had a weapon in a high-density area, surrounding residents were evacuated and the Gwinnett County SWAT team was activated, Cpl. Troy Tobler said. They arrived in-full within about an hour to a situation that had already escalated.
"Before the SWAT team was fully in place," Tobler said, "the woman fired a round inside the residence. It was not believed that the shot was aimed at police or others, but may have been accidental or a warning shot."
Negotiators spoke with the woman for nearly three hours before she was convinced to exit the apartment at about 11:15 a.m.
"Once the woman came outside and put down her weapon, officers were able to surround her and tak her into custody without any injury to her, the public or police," Tobler said.
The woman was taken for medical evaluation and will be transported to the Gwinnett County jail. Criminal charges — likely misdemeanors like reckless conduct or discharging a firearm — were pending, Tobler said, but not the primary focus going forward.
"Normally we like to do everything we can to try and help this person get any kind of mental help, if that is what they need," Tobler said. "You have to balance that with the safety of the public. Those determinations will be made here shortly."