Police Stand-Off Ends In Death Of Suicidal Woman

December 2, 2008

On December 2, 2008 at 8:27 PM Mesa Police officers were dispatched to a residence at 1610 N. Sawyer in reference to an adult female who was suicidal. The women has been identified as 43 year old Mesa resident, Debra Bruneault.

It was reported that she was sitting in her running vehicle inside the closed garage. Officers were able to make contact with Bruneault inside the garage and she displayed a handgun to the officers. She refused to drop the weapon and officers were able to back out of the house and evacuate the other two residents for their safety. Once they were outside, the officers heard what sounded like gunfire coming from inside the residence. They quickly evacuated residents surrounding the home and requested Mesa Police Tactical Team respond to the scene.

The Tactical Team was able to establish communication with Bruneault and began negotiations with her. They were attempting to get Bruneault to exit the house and surrender without incident. During negations she was extremely irrational and threatened to kill herself. Officers could see her inside the home with a handgun pointed at her head. Several attempts were made to convince her to exit the house and surrender, but she remained inside. Bruneault was seen by SWAT officers as she fired in the direction of police officers out the open front door of the residence. A patrol vehicle parked in front of the residence was struck by the round. No officers were injured. Negotiations continued and she eventually exited the house and pointed her handgun in the direction of the SWAT officers. SWAT Officers fired their weapons striking Bruneault ending the standoff. Waiting paramedics worked on Bruneault and she was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

The investigation is ongoing and is expected to go on throughout the day.



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