An armed woman barricaded an Aromas home following a domestic violence incident forced neighbors to evacuate and a nearby school to go into lockdown Thursday afternoon, the Monterey County Sheriff's Office reported.
The emergency began around 12:30 p.m. when deputies were called to Bardue Street because a man and woman had been fighting, according to the Sheriff's Office. The man was outside the home when deputies got there, but the woman was inside with an undisclosed weapon.
Aromas School was put on lockdown and homes nearby were evacuated while deputies tried to negotiate with the woman, according to the Sheriff's Office. Eventually, students were sent home and the Red Cross set up an emergency shelter at the school for displaced residents.
The SWAT team responded and attempts to get the woman out of the house continued through the night. Hostage negotiation teams from the Sheriff's Office and Salinas police were used to work with the woman, who finally gave up at 7 a.m. Friday, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The 50-year-old woman, whose name was not released, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and making threats. She was booked into Monterey County Jail on $65,000 bail.
Deputies found three rifles and a small-caliber handgun in the home, the Sheriff's Office reported.