Homeless woman with gun surrenders after hourslong SWAT situation

Holed up in her car, woman said gun was for her protection

By Glenna Milberg - Reporter, Louis Aguirre - Anchor/Reporter

MIAMI - A homeless woman refused to leave her car for more than 12 hours Tuesday as Miami police SWAT officers surrounded the vehicle because she was carrying a gun, authorities said.

According to Miami police, the car had been parked in the area of North Miami Court, between 20th and 21st streets, for weeks, so an officer checked it out just after 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Police said the officer spotted a gun on the center console, which a woman in the car claimed was hers but refused to give up.

Authorities said the woman was homeless and living out of the car. The address of Camillus House is used for the car's registration. 

Police said the woman told the officer the gun "is for my protection" and then slammed the door on the officer. 

A hostage negotiator was called to the scene and spoke with the woman for hours.

Authorities said officers gave the woman food and water via a robotic arm from one of their vehicles. 

Nearby roads were closed in the area as authorities continued to speak with the woman.

By around 10 p.m., the woman left the car without incident and was being transported to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation. 

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