Police: Lee Bridge reopens following incident involving armed woman at war memorial


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities say the ‘public safety incident’ inside the amphitheater area of the Virginia War Memorial that shut down a portion of the Robert E. Lee Bridge Monday morning has been resolved. 

Richmond Police first received a call at about 2 a.m. for a suspicious vehicle parked at the north end of Lee Bridge. Police say a woman was having a “mental health crisis” and was in need of medical attention.

According to authorities, the woman was threatening to harm herself. By the time officers arrived at the bridge, the woman had walked to the memorial. 

Authorities say the woman was armed. 

There was a heavy police presence on the scene, including drones, K-9 units, and the SWAT team.

At about 8 a.m., the 8News Virginia War Memorial camera captured the woman being put on a stretcher and taken away in an ambulance. The video shows the woman sitting up on the stretcher. 

Police say no injuries were reported, and the woman was taken a local hospital for a medical and mental evaluation.

At about 9 a.m., all northbound and southbound lanes of the Lee Bridge reopened. 

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