JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Park authorities are confirming a 42-year-old woman was taken into custody this afternoon at about 4pm after a standoff with law enforcement.
The woman, who has not been identified, was first contacted by law enforcement last night at the parking area of Blacktail Butte. When asked if she needed assistance she said she was fine.
The woman was contacted again today after the woman had apparently spent the night in her vehicle, which Grand Teton National Park spokesperson Denise Germann said had Montana tags but it is believed the woman has been living in this area of Wyoming lately.
When contacted this afternoon around 1:30pm, the woman claimed she had run out of gas. When authorities returned with gas, she rolled up the window and locked her doors, refusing to come out. When the woman scrambled for something in the backseat, Teton County Sheriff’s deputies became concerned and drew their weapons.
The woman found a knife in the backseat and made threatening gestures to harm herself. Police backed off and tried to negotiate with her. Eventually the woman threw the knife out the window and deputies use that moment to tase her.
She was transported by Fire/EMS to St. John’s Medical Center for evaluation on a Title 25 hold.
The incident stopped traffic on US Highway 89 for about three hours this afternoon.