FAIRFIELD, Calif. - A SWAT standoff with a woman armed with knives and suspected to be under the influence of drugs forced the evacuation of an entire apartment building in Fairfield Tuesday, say police.
According to a Fairfield Police Dept. release, officers were called to the complex on Grande Circle around 6:29 a.m. by a woman reporting her overnight house guest had threatened to kill her.
The woman told police her guest, 38-year-old Coreion Johnson of Fairfield, had been smoking drugs through the night and her behavior became increasingly erratic. When the woman confronted Johnson in the morning, Johnson threatened her with a hot iron and threatened to kill her.
At some point during the confrontation, Johnson also threw a barbell at the woman and armed herself with several kitchen knives, said police.
The woman told officers she then fled the apartment with her son and called police.
When officers arrived and confronted Johnnson inside the apartment, the woman, still armed with knives, retreated and barricaded herself in a back bedroom, said police.
Officers made numerous attempts to negotiate a peaceful surrender, but Johnson refused to exit and threatened to kill officers and a police K9, said police.
Based on the "suspect's behavior, the weapons involved and the threat to the safety of the public," the apartment building was evacuated and the Fairfield Police SWAT and Crisis Negotiation Teams were deployed to the scene. Crisis negotiators then attempted to reason with Johnson, but she refused to cooperate, police said.
Finally, SWAT team members entered the bedroom and took Johnson into custody without further incident. She was taken to a hospital where she was evaluated and medically cleared for minor injuries sustained when "less lethal" devices were used in attempts to force her out of the room.
Johnson was then booked into the Solano County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats.