Pasco Police took down a woman who was armed with body armor and an AK47 as she walked down Court Street on Sunday evening.

After a short tussle, the Pasco Police managed to take into custody a woman who was suffering from a mental crisis with help from the Richland Bomb Squad.

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According to reports from the Pasco Police Department, on Sunday evening, Pasco Police received several reports of a woman walking down Court Street armed with a rifle.

Pasco Police filed these details:

Officers responded to the area and observed a female wearing tactical body armor, a kevlar helmet, and a rifle. Officers arrived in the area and found the woman talking to two citizens on their front porch. The woman started acting aggressively towards passing vehicles and the citizens kept her calm until Pasco Police Officers could arrive. The first Officer who arrived saw the tense situation and asked the female to drop the rifle. The female did not comply and pointed the rifle in the direction of the Officer. The female then walked toward the Officer while pointed in. The Officer took cover and called for backup. It was clear the woman was experiencing a mental crisis.

Pasco Police Crisis Negotiators on the scene immediately started communicating with the woman. The woman was ordered to drop the weapon and take off her armor. After some negotiation, the woman dropped the rifle and threw her helmet down.

After further investigation, Pasco Police discovered that the woman may have an explosive device attached to her vest. The Richland Bomb Squad was called and assisted. The tactical vest was clear from any explosive device. Officers searched the woman's residence, and a homemade explosive device was found and removed.

Melanie Gloriosso, 48 was arrested on charges of Assault in the 1st degree and booked into the Franklin County Jail.

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credit: pasco police

Luckily no one was harmed or injured in the arrest. You can read more details on the harrowing situation here.

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