SINGAPORE — A 53-year-old woman who wielded a knife at police officers outside St Hilda's Secondary School on Monday (19 September) has been arrested for possession of an offensive weapon.
The incident was captured in several videos circulating on social media. In the videos, at least 10 police officers could be seen surrounding a woman wearing a green top outside of the school. At least two of them were carrying plastic shields, while others were carrying what appeared to be submachine guns.
Several officers could be heard telling the woman to put down her knife. The woman seemed agitated and shouted at the officers while pacing along the school's gate and waving an item in her hand. The bottom half of the woman's top looked to be soaked with blood.
At least one taser discharge could be heard in one of the videos. The woman was later seen speaking on a mobile phone. She was kicked by an officer after she dropped an item and bent down to pick it up. The other officers rushed in to subdue the woman by pinning her to the floor.
In a statement, police said they had received a call for help at about 6.30pm regarding the woman who was near Block 840 Tampines Street 82, opposite the school.
"When police officers arrived, the woman was uncooperative and refused to comply with police’s instructions," police said.
"The woman then stabbed herself in the abdomen and threatened to further harm herself. For her safety, one of the police officers then discharged a taser to prevent the woman from further injuring herself."
The woman was also arrested under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act and for alleged drug-related offences. She was taken to the hospital while conscious and is in a stable condition.
A statement by the Singapore Civil Defence Force said a person in the incident was sent to Changi General Hospital.
Investigations are ongoing.
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