Monday, June 19, 2017

Woman climbs Angel Oak, leading to 5-hour standoff with police

Out on a limb

Posted by Dustin Waters on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 9:12 AM

click to enlarge The 400-year-old Angel Oak on Johns Island was the scene of a lengthy standoff on Sunday - FILE
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  • The 400-year-old Angel Oak on Johns Island was the scene of a lengthy standoff on Sunday
A five-hour standoff took place Sunday as local police attempted to talk one woman down from Charleston’s historic Angel Oak.

At around 11 a.m. Sunday morning, Charleston police and emergency crews responded to the Angel Oak on Johns Island following reports that an individual had scaled the 400-year-old tree and was shouting obscenities. Once on the scene, authorities realized that an unidentified woman had climbed the fence at the closed Angel Oak Park and perched herself atop the natural landmark.

According to a statement released by the Charleston Police Department, officers entered the park and made contact with the woman, who refused to abandon her post. Police say the women initially responded to requests for her to climb down from the tree by repositioning herself on a branch approximately 35 feet above the ground.

After five hours of trying to talk the woman down from the tree, she finally heeded requests from law enforcement officers and climbed down from the Angel Oak without further incident. The woman was met on the ground by members of the Charleston Police Department’s Crisis Negotiation Unit, Charleston Fire Department, the city’s Urban Forestry Division, and EMS workers.

Once safely on the ground, the woman was transported to a hospital for evaluation. No injuries were reported

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