Woman in custody after police standoff in Coventry - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Woman in custody after police standoff in Coventry

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A person barricaded himself inside a Coventry home on Tuesday night. (WFSB) A person barricaded himself inside a Coventry home on Tuesday night. (WFSB)
Debra Bernier (Coventry Police) Debra Bernier (Coventry Police)
COVENTRY, CT (WFSB) -

Coventry police responded to Lake Street on Tuesday afternoon after reports that a woman pointed a rifle at a man.

Police said they responded to the home on Lake Street just before 3 p.m. A woman identified as 57-year-old Debra Bernier was barricaded inside a camper on the property.

A nearby school, G.H. Robertson School on Cross Street, was placed on a temporary lockdown as police set up a perimeter. The students were released from school safely.

A note was sent to parents in Coventry by Superintendent of Schools David Petrone, saying buses were running about 15 to 20 minutes late because of a "police emergency on Lake Street." Buses were advised to avoid the area to ensure students were safe.

At about 5:45 p.m., police cleared the scene and said Bernier was in custody. A weapon was recovered.

She was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer, second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree threatening, second-degree breach of peace and interfering with police.

She was held on a $10,000 bond and is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

No injuries were reported.

Lake Street  was closed between Main Street and Bissell Road until around 5:30 p.m. A portion of High Street was also closed between Lake Street and Stonebridge Road. Those areas have since been reopened.

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