Daughter slits wrists after holding mother hostage overnight in West Sacramento

11:09 AM, May 17, 2012   |    comments
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WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - An overnight West Sacramento standoff in which a daughter took her own mother hostage came to a close around 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

According to Lt. Tod Stockman of the West Sacramento Police Dept., fire crews originally responded to the home on Kegle Drive around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night for a call of a man in need of medical assistance. However, as a woman came out of the home during the call, her daughter, 38-year-old Melissa Dodd, pulled her back into the home and held her at gunpoint.

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Following an extensive period without being able to establish communication with Dodd or her mother, SWAT was called to the scene, said Stockman.

SWAT managed to get a cell phone into the home in attempts to negotiate Dodd's surrender and her mother's peaceful release. It was through the cell phone that SWAT members were able to determine Dodd had slit her wrists in an apparent suicide attempt, Stockman said.

SWAT then made the decision to quickly enter the home and remove both individuals, said Stockman.

Dodd was conscious when she was taken from the home via ambulance to a nearby hospital where she was reportedly recovering from her self-inflicted injuries. Dodd's mother was also taken to a hospital to be examined, but was uninjured.

Officers on scene said Dodd had felony warrants out for her arrest on charges of possession of stolen property and domestic violence.  Officers suspected she had refused to exit the home for fear of returning to prison.


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