MCSO: Woman threatened neighborhood kids with gun

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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GILBERT, Ariz. -- A Gilbert woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon for allegedly threatening children with a gun while they were walking home from school.

According to a 911 call, 27-year-old Katherine Marie Brown was waving a gun and telling children she would kill them if they didn't get off her property. The children are between 5 and 11 years old, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

When police and deputies arrived, Brown reportedly ran inside her home and refused to come out. The sheriff's SWAT team surrounded the home near Greenfield and Pecos roads.

The American Leadership Academy, the nearby charter school the children attend, was put on lockdown until Brown was taken into custody.

She was arrested without incident once she emerged from the home and booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on six counts of aggravated assault.

It was initially reported that Brown had a shotgun. Deputies found a BB gun in her front yard, and a search of the home revealed a second BB gun and a shotgun.

The sheriff's office said she appeared to be extremely intoxicated.