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Woman holding a shotgun in one hand, and hatchet in the other arrested on Lyon Street in San Francisco

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A woman caught breaking into a Lyon Street home this afternoon held police off with a shotgun for more than two hours before she was taken into custody, police said today. Residents on the 2800 block of Lyon Street called police around 3 p.m. after they returned to their home and discovered a burglary in progress, according to Lt. Peter Thoshinsky.

The burglary, a 22-year-old woman, ordered the residents out of the house, and they fled and called 911, Thoshinsky said. Officers responding to the scene found the woman standing at the window of the home holding a shotgun that belonged to the residents, Thoshinsky said. Police called for her surrender, but when she refused they evacuated surrounding homes and called in the SWAT team and hostage negotiators.

After around two hours and 15 minutes, the woman came outside, holding the shotgun in one hand, and a hatchet in the other, Thoshinsky said. SWAT officers ordered her to drop the weapons, and after a short standoff she threw them on the ground and was taken into custody, Thoshinsky said. The woman is currently refusing to provide her identity to police, Thoshinsky said.

Investigators have learned since her arrest that the shotgun was legally owned and registered by the resident, and was unloaded and equipped with a trigger lock, Thoshinsky said. Investigators have not yet determined whether the woman was involved in any other burglaries in the area, or whether any items were taken or broken during the incident. No injuries were reported, Thoshinsky said.

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