GROTON, CT (WFSB) - A woman is under arrest following a barricade situation in Groton that kept people in their homes and delayed schools.

During a Friday morning news conference, police identified the woman as 50-year-old Kristin Anderson, a convicted felon.

She was taken into custody after the situation was "peacefully resolved."

Police revealed that she had a relationship with another person who lives in the home on Morse Avenue.

Residents in the area west of Shepherd Street to Cutler Street and Benham Road were asked to shelter in place.

“Within an hour, they had the cordoned road off, police cars [were] everywhere," said Joe Apicelli, an eyewitness. "And they were coming to our houses saying 'please, we need you to evacuate now.' So when they said that, I grabbed my cell and I said 'Rita,' my sister, 'it’s time to go.'”

Marine Science Magnet High School and West Side Middle School issued 2-hour delays. Had the situation not been resolved when it was later in the morning, police said school would have been canceled.

“I [saw] a SWAT truck and everything was pitch black," said Jose Torres, and eyewitness. "So, they were not trying to do things with lights and sirens.”

Around midnight a person called police and said the woman violated a protective order and was inside their home on Morse Avenue.

Officers located Anderson in the home, de-escalated the situation, and set up a perimeter.

“She was subject of a protective order and was in the premises illegally," confirmed Chief Michael Spellman, Groton Police Department.

State police had a negotiator on scene to try and end the standoff.

“Nobody fired weapons at each other and we were able to get out of there without anyone getting hurt," Spellman said.

For about six hours, they negotiated with Anderson.

“Cooler heads ultimately prevailed and we could talk," Spellman said. "It’s refreshing when you can talk and you have a scenario when no one gets hurt.”

Anderson faces a list of charges, according to police.

They also said a search and seizure warrant will be executed at the home later in the day on Friday.

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