SWAT Called to Residence in Sebastian County

Photo courtesy of the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office.

Photo courtesy of the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office.

Sebastian County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 3400 block of Highway 10 West in reference to a woman who fired shots Sunday (Feb. 2). 

According to a press release put out by Investigator Pevehouse of the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office, a call came into 911 dispatch around 3:45 pm that a woman was going to commit suicide. She was between her residence and her garage. 

The release continued, “She had already fired four rounds from a pistol according to the caller.” 

Prior to her actions, a disturbance had taken place in her home. 

Deputies with the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office responded and set up a perimeter of the home. They then moved the witness to a safe location. 

Officers of the Greenwood Police Department and Mansfield Police Department assisted the deputies during the situation. 

The Sebastian County SWAT Team and negotiators were eventually dispatched to the home. Not long after, the woman moved from her home to a detached garage, and authorities were able to secure the home and keep her isolated where she was. 

Investigator Pevehouse’s press release stated nearly 15 minutes of negotiations took place before the woman opened her garage door. She didn’t have the pistol in her hand, and SWAT was able to make the arrest. 

The release continued, “The total time of the standoff was approximately an hour.” 

“Karen Morgart, 52 years of age, was arrested for Domestic Battery, 3rd Degree and Interference with Emergency Communications. Both are misdemeanors,” the release stated. 

“Another great example of teamwork between the law enforcement agencies of Sebastian County,” said Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck.