- The Washington Times - Monday, November 16, 2015

Early morning gunfire near Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., on Monday led to a standoff between the Metropolitan Police Department and an unidentified woman that remained active for several hours. 

Police officials said that the woman had fired a shot near the intersection of 19th and K streets NW not far from the White House sometime after midnight, The Washington Post reported. Varying reports put the start of the standoff between 12 a.m. and around 3 a.m.

The situation was first described by authorities as involving a “barricaded person in mental health crisis,” and MPD spokesman Lt. Sean Conboy later classified the incident as a standoff with a “person in crisis,” The Post reported.

The suspect was taken into custody just before 11 a.m., police confirmed over Twitter. Roadblocks were expected to be lifted soon after. 

Two officers at the scene told The New York Times on Monday morning that the woman had climbed onto the roof of one of the buildings during the course of the standoff, but declined to offer more details, including where specifically the situation had been unfolding. Shortly after 10:30 a.m., one eyewitness tweeted pictures showing a SWAT team near the roof of a building in the area. 



Eyewitnesses reported major traffic jams throughout the area six hours later as roughly a dozen blocks remained closed to vehicular traffic.

Local bus routes were experiencing delays of about 45 minutes, a local NBC News affiliate reported, and workers in the area claimed they were prevented from entering nearby office buildings.

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