Woman charged after standoff at home — (The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal-Sentinal)

SSRI Ed note: Woman on antidepressants builds up arsenal of ammunition, threatens suicide with gun, has stand-off with police.

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The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal-Sentinal

West Bend – A Jackson woman who threatened to shoot herself last week and eventually surrendered to a Sheriff’s Department SWAT team after an eight-hour siege has been charged with second degree reckless endangerment and failing to comply with an officer, both felonies.

According to a criminal complaint, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department unit was called to the home of Edna F. Markowski, 57, at about 10:15 p.m. on Aug. 19 after she threatened to kill herself with a pistol.

Markowski told police she had taken some anti-depressant medication and that she had an abundance of ammunition for the gun, according to the complaint.

Officers, protected by shields, entered the house and saw Markowski lying on a bed. She pointed the pistol at members of the team and then closed the bedroom door, at which point the officers retreated, the complaint says.

Markowski eventually came out of the house on her own at about 6 a.m., according to the complaint.

If convicted, Markowski could be imprisoned 18 years and 6 months.