(Updated at 5:12 p.m.) D.C. Police have brought charges against a woman who barricaded herself in an office building, prompting an hours-long standoff that snarled traffic downtown and in Dupont earlier this morning.
Police said they were alerted to a woman who was threatening harm to herself and others near an office building on the 1900 block of K Street NW at approximately 12:19 a.m. this morning. When officers arrived, the woman fired a gunshot, and a “barricade situation was declared.”
The standoff that followed lasted for more than 10 hours and resulted in several road closures throughout the area.
Authorities took 31-year-old Sophia Dalke of Springfield, Va., into custody after she peacefully surrendered around 10:30 a.m. today. They later charged Dalke with assault on a police officer while armed.
Police tweeted earlier this morning that the incident was not an “active shooter situation,” and that the woman in crisis was “contained.” An officer at the scene said he believed no pedestrians were in danger and that the street closures were precautionary in nature.
Police activity at 19th & K Sts NW – barricaded person in mental health crisis. Traffic closures in area.
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) November 16, 2015
With few alternatives, many cars drove nearly bumper-to-bumper along Connecticut Avenue NW. Some drivers told The Washington Post they’d hardly moved after two hours of traffic.
Some commuters were even locked out of their office buildings this morning, and many were observed congregating near the intersection of 19th and L streets NW.
As one person in the crowd put it earlier this morning “this city looks like a parking lot right now.”