10-hour D.C. standoff ends with woman’s arrest

WASHINGTON — A Springfield, Virginia, woman surrendered peacefully to police Monday morning ending a 10-hour standoff with police that shut down several downtown D.C. streets and created big headaches for commuters.

D.C. police say Sophia Dalke, 31, was going through a “mental health crisis.”

Police were called to the 1900 block of K Street NW for a report of a woman who was threatening to harm herself and others about 12:20 a.m. When police arrived, they say that Dalke shot at officers, beginning the hourslong ordeal.

Dalke surrendered to police about 10:30 a.m. and was charged with assaulting a police officer while armed. No one was injured.

Police cordoned off several blocks around the building where Dalke had barricaded herself. The police line prevented workers from accessing office buildings and also triggered massive backups along roads leading into downtown for drivers.

K, L and M streets were blocked off between 18th and 21st streets throughout the morning and 20th Street did not reopen completely until midafternoon.

Screenshot of street closures due to barricade situation in DC, Mon. Nov. 16, 2015.
Apply Maps screenshot taken at 10:28 a.m. on Mon. Nov. 16, 2015, of the street closures due to the barricade situation in DC.

WTOP’s Nick Iannelli contributed to this report.

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