Police say the woman who threatened to kill herself, police, and a hospital employee after she barricaded herself in an office at St. James Healthcare in February is in trouble with the law again.

Undersheriff George Skuletich said Mollie Summers, 49, of Butte locked herself early Sunday morning in the bathroom of a residence on the 300 block of Excelsior Avenue and threatened to kill herself.

When officers arrived, Skuletich said, the 49-year-old allegedly had a knife and refused to relinquish the weapon. Officers also observed her drinking and taking pills inside the bathroom, Skuletich said.

The undersheriff said officers spoke with Summers for several minutes at the threshold of the door. The standoff ended, Skuletich said, when the 49-year-old allegedly lunged at an officer with the knife. A Taser was used to subdue her, he said.

Summers was taken to St. James Healthcare Sunday to receive treatment for the pills she had taken. Officers arrested her late Thursday morning, and she has since been cited with felony assault on a peace officer.

Summers caused portions of St. James Healthcare to go on lockdown Feb. 1 when she holed up in an office in the northwest portion of the building’s second floor, according to law enforcement. 

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In February, Sheriff Ed Lester said that the 49-year-old had entered the office unnoticed and had a semi-automatic .45-caliber pistol in her possession.

Summers allegedly threatened to shoot herself, a staff member who discovered her presence, and police, periodically opening the office door with the gun positioned either to her chin or her head, the sheriff said.

The incident ended peacefully after police were able to take the gun from Summers, who Lester said had become drowsy due to a drug she had ingested.

Summers was treated at St. James Healthcare after the standoff ended and was later taken to the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs for a mental health evaluation. Summers was arrested Feb. 16 and cited with felony assault with a weapon. She was released the same day, Skuletich said.

As of Friday morning, Summers remained in Butte county jail with a bond of $50,000.

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