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During SWAT standoff, female commits suicide in hospital parking deck, police say

Atrium Health’s flagship hospital in Dilworth. A SWAT team responded to a parking deck at Carolinas Medical Center just south of uptown Charlotte after someone was reported barricaded in a vehicle, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.
Atrium Health’s flagship hospital in Dilworth. A SWAT team responded to a parking deck at Carolinas Medical Center just south of uptown Charlotte after someone was reported barricaded in a vehicle, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

After a SWAT standoff, a female who barricaded herself in a vehicle in a parking deck at Carolinas Medical Center committed suicide, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said late Friday.

Police have not released the name and age of the person who fatally shot herself on the fifth floor of the Medical Center Plaza visitor’s parking deck at 1001 Blythe Blvd.

The woman shot herself after speaking with police negotiators, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department news release. She was pronounced dead the scene, police said.

No officer fired a shot, according to CMPD.

The hospital is just south of uptown. Police urged everyone to avoid the area during the standoff.

Police drove to the deck at 5:55 p.m after a caller reported someone had been shot, according to the CMPD release. Police have not said if the person barricaded in the vehicle fired any shots before they arrived, but they reported no one else being hurt.

Emergency responders from multiple agencies also responded to the scene, Observer news partner WBTV reported.

At about 9:30 p.m., police tweeted that “SWAT negotiators are continuing to speak with the subject” but that “the situation is contained.”

Police reported the death in a news release just before 11:30 p.m.

Police ask anyone with information to call them at 704-432-8477 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989 covering the people, municipalities and major news events of the region, and was a news bureau editor for the paper. He currently reports on breaking news.
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