Mother, daughter taken for medical evaluation after standoff at Lynwood home

2013-06-24T18:25:00Z 2013-06-24T23:45:18Z Mother, daughter taken for medical evaluation after standoff at Lynwood homeElvia Malagon, (219) 933-3246

LYNWOOD | A mother and daughter were taken to a hospital for medical evaluation Monday after barricading themselves in their home on the 2000 block of Barker Road in Lynwood, police said.

The standoff started about 2 p.m. when a Comcast worker was in the neighborhood and heard screaming coming from the house, Lynwood Police Chief Michael Mears said. The worker knocked on the door and a woman with a weapon came out in a threatening manner. 

The weapon later was determined to be a BB gun. 

The worker left and called police, Mears said. The women refused to open the door when police arrived, which prompted police to call out a SWAT team.

The standoff last for about two hours. Officers blocked off the two entrances into the small subdivision. A police helicopter circled overhead.

Mears said officers eventually negotiated with the women, who agreed to come out of the house. They were taken to Franciscan St. James Health to undergo a medical evaluation.

No one was injured.

Mears said the women could face charges because the Comcast worker felt threatened.

Peter Jansma, 76, lives in the house on the corner of Burnham Avenue and Brentwood and watched as officials swarmed the neighborhood Monday afternoon.

He has lived in the neighborhood for 43 years and said he had never seen such a large police presence in the area.

"This is a quiet community," he said. "Once in awhile, you see a fender bender."

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