Belmont Police Subdue Suicidal Woman, Officer Injured During Incident

The woman threatened to shoot officers if they entered the townhome on Continentals Way; officers fired Less Lethal shotgun rounds to subdue her.


A woman is  undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at a local hospital this morning after threatening to commit suicide and brandishing a shotgun at Belmont police as they entered her home.

The woman, whose name and age have not been released, barricaded herself in a townhouse in the 1100 block of Continentals Way on Wednesday night.

According to Capt. Dan DeSmidt,  Belmont police officers responded to a townhouse at approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday.  A man there reported that his wife was threatening suicide.  When officers arrived they were met by the woman who claimed that she had a gun and threatened to shoot the officers.  The woman then barricaded herself in the townhouse.  

Officers attempted to talk to the woman by phone but she was uncooperative.

At one point she came to the front door and officers saw that she was bleeding from unknown injuries. Soon after the woman stopped answering the telephone calls.  Fearing for the woman’s safety officers entered the home, where she brandished a rifle and pointed it at them.  She was detained after being struck by several Less Lethal shotgun rounds fired by the officers.  

Police say the woman was transported to a local hospital where she is being held for psychiatric evaluation pending criminal charges including assault with a deadly weapon on the officers. Her injuries are not life threatening. 

One officer suffered a leg injury during the operation.  He was treated and released from a local hospital.

The surrounding neighbors were evacuated and traffic was diverted with the assistance of San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Deputies until the incident ended at approximately 11:30 pm.

mark April 12, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Melanie, I'm sorry for your pain. The belmont police dept. Probably saved her life
Mary April 13, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Thank God no one was killed. Thank God for our police officers.
D51 April 13, 2012 at 01:19 AM
She and your family are so very lucky they didn't fire real bullets at her! Nobody wants to die, even if they know they are sick. However, she/they probably should not own a/or fire arms! I don't get why people point guns a cops...its a not a win win situation. In this case, for her, it was! She is still alive!!!!!!!!!
M.T. April 13, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Melanie, I wish your sister the best and hope she is receiving the support she needs.
derek April 21, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Thank you Belmont Police for your hard work and professionalism. Melanie I wish you and your family the best.


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