Woman charged after firing shots at police during hours-long standoff in Gaston Co.

Woman charged after firing shots at police during hours-long standoff in Gaston Co.
According to the Gaston County Police Department, the incident happened on Mayberry Road. (Source: Sky 3 | WBTV)

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - Police say a woman has surrendered after firing shots at officers during a standoff that lasted for hours in Gaston County Monday.

According to the Gaston County Police Department, the incident happened on Mayberry Road.

Police say they got a call from a man who said that his wife, identified as 58-year-old Paula R. Walker, threatened him with gun.

Upon arrival, police say Walker fired shots at officers. Police say when Walker fired the shots she was standing in the doorway, and went back in the home after closing the door. No officers were hit.

One officer returned fire with a single shot, but Walker was not hit. That officer was taken from scene, and police say that portion is being investigated by Gaston County Police internal affairs.

Officers say they negotiated with Walker for about three hours, until she eventually surrendered without incident. Police say they did deploy gas into what they described as a camper on the back of the property.

Walker was taken to the hospital for evaluation due to the gas that was deployed. Walker has been charged with four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

“Our main focus in any situation like this is for everybody to leave without injury, and we did that successfully today,” Assistant Chief Suzanne Mauney-Smith said.

Police say they notified neighbors by going door-to-door to let them know what was going on and that they could either leave the area or stay in place.

This is an ongoing investigation. As part of the investigation, the involved officer’s name is not being released.

No further information was released.

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