Woman, 49, shot to death by Galveston police officer after SWAT standoff, officials say

GALVESTON, Texas – A Galveston police officer shot a 49-year-old woman Thursday during a standoff, according to authorities.

Authorities said, earlier in the day, the woman was at a location near the 1600 block of 50th Street around 3 p.m. without permission but was gone by the time authorities arrived.

Police said they later received information that the woman was at a residence in the 3200 block of 80th Street, was armed and that there was at least one other person inside with her.

The woman refused to open the door when officers arrived, according to officials.

Chief Vernon Hale, with the Galveston police department, said, "Attempted to make contact. The suspect did respond but refused to open the door and refused to let officers in to make sure everyone was OK."

A single gunshot was heard a short time later, officials said.

Authorities said they attempted to get a hold of the woman, but she stopped responding.

"At some point, those negotiations broke down. She stopped opened the back door with the weapon in her hand, and one of the Galveston police officers fired, striking the suspect," Hale said.

Authorities said there was another person inside the house during the incident, but that person was not injured.

The woman was taken to an area hospital, where she later died, according to officials.

The officer who shot the woman will be placed on administrative leave, per the Galveston Police Department's policy on officer-involved shootings.

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