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Father, child who exited house before long standoff were also armed, police say

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Metro officers and negotiators take a break during a hostage situation near Mountain Vista Street and Tropicana Avenue Tuesday, August 27, 2013. A woman is believed to be barricaded inside a home, possibly with two children and several weapons.

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Sara Jones is shown in a DMV photo.

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Metro Standoff

Metro Sgt. John Sheahan briefs members of the media about a hostage situation near Mountain Vista Street and Tropicana Avenue Tuesday, August 27, 2013. A woman is believed to be barricaded inside a home, possibly with two children and several weapons. Launch slideshow »

A man walked out of his front door carrying a shotgun and approached the Metro Police officer asking for help.

As he walked, he kept looking back at the front door. His daughter followed him crying and carrying a small silver pistol in her hands. They both dropped their guns as they reached the officer.

Behind them, the girl's mother and the man’s wife, Sara Jones, exited the front door with a black .45 caliber pistol raised above her head, screaming at the officer. Inside was a little boy and another small child. She threatened to shoot the boy and then herself.

These were the events outlined in a Metro Police report that precipitated a nearly 24-hour standoff that ended when a SWAT officer shot Sara Jones.

The report indicates the following:

Metro arrived about 11 p.m. on Monday to a call of a domestic disturbance at 4516 Newton Drive, near the intersection of Mountain Vista Street and Tropicana Avenue. The arriving officer attempted to get Jones to exit the home without the firearm.

Jones refused and went back inside the home only to later come out holding a small boy in her arms. She refused to leave and claimed she didn’t want to go to jail because her husband framed her. She threatened to shoot herself and the child multiple times.

SWAT officers arrived and negotiated with Jones until about 10 p.m. on Tuesday, when they heard a gunshot. Fearing the safety of the child, the officers broke in the front door. They located Jones inside the master bedroom.

Jones then shot an officer in the shin, Metro Deputy Chief Al Salinas said. A SWAT officer then fired one shot, shooting Jones in the face.

Jones was transported to University Medical Center, where she is expected to survive, Salinas said. Her children were not injured and were taken into custody by Child Protective Services.

Jones was arrested on two counts of kidnap first degree with a deadly weapon, three counts of child endangerment with a deadly weapon, resisting a public officer with a deadly weapon, and assault with a deadly weapon.

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