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Armed woman presumed suicidal is safely detained

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Members of the Roswell Police Department remain at the scene at the abandoned Valley Christian Academy's parking lot at 1500 S. Main St. after a potentially suicidal woman with a firearm was safely detained by police. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

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A woman with a firearm who police presumed to be suicidal was taken to a local hospital after being safely detained by local police Friday afternoon.

Before 4:30 p.m. Friday, members of Roswell Police Department, Chaves County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of South Main Street in reference to a potentially suicidal woman believed to have a firearm.

According to the RPD’s public information officer, Todd Wildermuth, South Main Street was closed between Wildy and Hobbs streets while officers communicated with the woman.

At 5:12 p.m., Wildermuth said the woman had been safely detained and that South Main would be reopened as a result.

Police were able to confirm the woman was in possession of a firearm.

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Wildermuth said later Friday evening, at that point, the woman is not facing any charges.

“She was taken to a hospital for appropriate care,” Wildermuth said.