VCSO: Woman pulled knife on deputies during eviction leading to standoff

VCSO: Woman pulled knife on deputies during eviction leading to standoff
Published: Mar. 24, 2022 at 10:59 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 24, 2022 at 3:46 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Deputies say a standoff has ended after a few hours in Evansville.

Thursday morning, deputies say they were assisting with an eviction at Eden East Apartments. That’s on Eden Court off Green River Road.

Deputies say the woman inside the apartment pulled a knife on them and barricaded herself inside.

According to a press release, as they began removing furniture used as the barricade, the woman tried to stab a deputy several times.

”We attempted to do an eviction, the resident there barricaded herself into her apartment, and as deputies attempted to make entry into the apartment the female came at the deputies with a knife and tried to stab one of our deputies,” Major Jason Ashworth said.

They say deputies then retreated from the apartment and tried to call her out instead.

Officials say after refusing for nearly three hours, they deployed tear gas.

The woman then came out of the apartment with her hands up and was taken into custody.

Ashworth says when it comes to the amount of time deputies wait to take action, there are protocols, but some decisions depend on the situation.

“It’s a common-sense rule, and to give somebody ample time. There’s a lot of different things that can factor into that,” said Ashworth. “Making contact with somebody, if we were able to make contact with her over the phone or through a family member, then certainly we would give her more time if we could talk her out.”

Deputies say Antwynette Pope will be charged with attempted murder.

Antwynette Pope.
Antwynette Pope.(Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff's Office.)

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