Armed woman who caused Coupland ISD lockdown taken down with non-lethal rounds

KXAN Staff - COUPLAND, Texas (KXAN) -- An armed woman making suicidal remarks prompted a lockdown at the Coupland ISD campus Friday afternoon. Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody says the woman was not a student and was never on campus.

The woman, in her 50s, was taken into custody in the 400 block of Herrin Street in Coupland, several blocks away from the school. The sheriff says no students or staff were threatened, and the lockdown was in place only because the incident was in the area of the school.

Deputies were first called to Coupland at 2:37 p.m. and formed a perimeter around a house.

The woman walked out of the house with a suicide note in one hand and a gun in the other. Deputies say the note blew out of her hand and they didn't initially see she was holding a gun. A shots fired call went out at 3:18 p.m.

Deputies fired non-lethal rounds at the woman and she fell to the ground. When it looked like she was reaching for the gun, deputies fired additional non-lethal rounds. She was taken to the hospital and is expected to be fine, the sheriff's office says.

Sheriff Chody tweeted at 4:10 p.m., "Scene in Coupland is all ok and secured. Suspect is in custody. Deputies showed restraint and professionalism."

Coupland ISD serves about 150 students in grades K-8 and is located in southeastern Williamson County.

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