Woman barricaded at 19th and M streets is now in police custody

This post was written by Assistant News Editors Robin Eberhardt and Jeanine Marie.

Updated: Nov. 16, 2015 at 5:31 p.m.

A woman who barricaded herself inside an office building in the 1900 block of M street, is now in police custody.

The woman, named Sophia Dalke, had fired one shot at 19th and K streets around midnight, “in what turned into a long barricade situation inside an office building,” the Washington Post reported.

Dalke “surrendered to police” at 10:30 a.m. She was arrested for assaulting a police officer while armed, according to a Metropolitan Police Department release. She is 31 years old and from Springfield, Va., according to the release.

A University spokesman said he was “not aware of any GW community members involved in the incident.”

MPD closed several city blocks near 19th and K streets on Monday morning following reports of “a barricaded person with a mental health crisis,” according to an MPD statement. Streets are closed at 18th through 20th streets and M through K streets.

A GW campus advisory sent at 3 a.m. said there was an “active shooter” at 19th and K streets. MPD, the Secret Service and the National Park police were on the scene.

A second campus advisory sent at 3:52 a.m. says the “armed suspect is barricaded but contained within the office building.” No injuries were reported.

Both advisories also said to avoid the area.

An MPD statement this morning at about 4:55 a.m. said there had not been an active shooter situation and the “subject” had been contained.

University spokesman Kurtis Hiatt said some off-campus buildings where staff work were “briefly inaccessible” this morning, but have since reopened. Some classes are held in a building at 2020 K Street.

“We are relocating classes in off-campus buildings affected by the barricade as needed, and we will provide updates to affected students directly,” Hiatt said.

The statement on GW’s Campus advisories page said that designated staff “must report to work as scheduled,” and essential staff “are required to report to work or telework based on the department’s pre-determined guidelines,” according to the statement.

“Staff should be in contact with supervisors for instructions for alternate work locations as appropriate. Continue to monitor local media for updates regarding this off-campus incident,” according to the statement.

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