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Investigation underway after death of woman who threatened police with an axe


A critical incident investigation is underway following the overnight death of a woman who threatened police with an axe at Stockton.

Just after 12.30pm on Thursday 14 September, officers from Newcastle City Police District were called to a unit complex in Mitchell Street.

It followed reports a woman was menacing people with an axe.

On arrival, the 47-year-old female allegedly intimidated responding officers with it, too.

She then barricaded herself inside a unit.

An operation began, with assistance from specialist tactical officers, including negotiators, before police were able to gain entry to the property about 9.45pm

They used a number of tactical options to take the woman into custody including the use of a taser.

She was then escorted from the scene to an ambulance.

However, her condition deteriorated a short time later, and she was taken to John Hunter Hospital, where she later died.

A crime scene was established and a critical incident team from the Homicide Squad will now investigate all circumstances surrounding what occurred.

That investigation will be subject to an independent review, while a report is being prepared for the information of the Coroner.

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