TULSA standoff ends peacefully after 24 hours

Tuesday, July 24th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa Police ended a 24-hour standoff, Monday morning, without anyone getting hurt, despite the suspect having weapons and shooting at them.

Officers say Danielle Henson was wanted for felony drug charges and refused to come out of her East Tulsa apartment. Police shot 12 canisters of tear gas inside, but Henson had a gas mask. They even blasted her front door with a water cannon, but she'd stacked furniture in front of it. She repeatedly told police negotiators she didn't want to hurt anyone, but did want officers to kill her.

Sgt Tracie Crocker, Police Negotiator: "If an officer comes and you make them shoot them, it hurts them emotionally. They have to go home and tell their family they had to kill someone when you could've prevented it. That hurts them."

Officers finally shot Henson with a rubber bullet and took her into custody.