Woman arrested after 6-hour standoff with Surprise police

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Jamilee Rivkin By Catherine Holland Jamilee Rivkin By Catherine Holland

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A Surprise woman is behind bars after a domestic-violence situation turned into a six-hour standoff with police.

It all started with a domestic-violence call at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

When officers arrived on the scene in the neighborhood northeast of Reems Road and Acoma Driver, they contacted a 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman. The woman had been stabbed in the back.

While the woman was being treated, she told officers that Jamilee Rivkin, 43, cut her. The woman's wound was relatively minor so she was not taken to the hospital.

Police tried to contact Rivkin several times over the next hour and although she came to the front door of the home, she refused to come outside and surrender to officers.

According to Sgt. Norm Owens of the Surprise Police Department, the woman came to the door and ordered officers off her property shortly before 6 p.m. She was armed with a handgun.

Owens said she put the gun to her forehead when police ordered her to drop it. She refused to negotiate with police and went back into the home.

Despite officers' efforts to re-establish contact, Rivkin remained silent and stayed holed up in the house. The Police Department's Special Assignments Unit and Crisis Negotiations Team were called in.

SAU set up a perimeter and evacuated neighbors as a precaution.

After several hours, negotiators were able to coax a response out of Rivkin. They were unable, however, to convince her to surrender.

Just before 10:30 p.m., six hours after the initial domestic-violence call, officers shot non-lethal gas into the home.

Two minutes later, Rivkin came out and surrendered to police without further incident.

After being treated for exposure to the gas, Rivkin was booked into Maricopa County's Fourth Avenue Jail. She's facing charges of aggravated assault, a class 3 felony, and for disorderly conduct (domestic violence), a class 1 misdemeanor.

Police have not released any information about the incident that sparked the standoff. They have not said anything about the relationship between Rivkin and the young woman she allegedly stabbed or what led up to that confrontation.