Woman involved in standoff sent to mental facility

CNJ Staff

A 32-year-old Clovis woman involved in an armed standoff in May 2005 was sentenced Monday to 18 years at a secure mental health facility, according to a news release from 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler.

Judge Stephen Quinn found Shireen Simons a danger to herself and others, and ordered her to be committed to a secure lock-down environment where she will be provided mental health resources during her incarceration, the release said.

Simons broke into a residence on West Llano Estacado Boulevard, police said. She engaged in a 12-hour standoff with police, and fired two shots during negotiations with police, the release from Chandler said.
She was arrested without incident after the New Mexico State Police Special Response Team deployed tear gas into the building, forcing her out.

Police and family members said Simons believed she owned the property.

Simons was found guilty of aggravated burglary and two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, the release said.