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Police arrest women after checking on her

Staff report

A Basalt woman was taken into custody after she allegedly used a cigarette to burn a police officer who came to her residence to check on her well-being, according to Police Chief Greg Knott.

Police officers were called to a five-unit apartment complex on Park Avenue at about 10 a.m. Tuesday after a friend of the woman's had said the woman had called her to say she was contemplating taking her own life and she "had the means to do it," Knott said.

Two Basalt officers, a Pitkin County deputy sheriff and an Eagle County deputy sheriff set up a perimeter around the complex and evacuated eight residents from the other units, Knott said.

The law enforcement officials went into a holding pattern until counselors with the Aspen Hope Center reached the scene, Knott said. The woman was contacted by cellphone eventually, and she came to the front door. A Basalt police officer explained why the officers were there and urged the woman to come out and talk to the counselor.

"She tried to go back into the unit. We didn't know if she had something to hurt herself or hurt an officer," Knott said.

The officer at the door prevented the woman from going inside by grabbing her arm, Knott said, and the woman responded by using her cigarette to burn his hand. She was arrested on suspicion of assault and booked into Eagle County Jail. The incident concluded at about 12:42 p.m.

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The Aspen Times isn't using the woman's name consistent with its policy of not identifying potentially suicidal parties.