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Woman involved in standoff to undergo mental evaluation


By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer

A judge has ordered a mental evaluation for a woman who allegedly engaged authorities in an armed standoff Oct. 17.

Montgomery County District Court Judge Don Blair has ordered that Sandra Musgrove, 48, undergo a mental evaluation and treatment at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in LaGrange.

Musgrove allegedly pulled a .38-caliber handgun multiple times during a standoff at 144 Fuller Way that lasted about five hours.

During the standoff, Musgrove reportedly threatened suicide and claimed law enforcement were harassing her. She captured some of the standoff on a live YouTube feed, where she made her claims.

Blair’s order, filed the day after her arrest, states that Musgrove “is in need of immediate psychiatric attention and treatment based on an emergency evaluation completed by Pathways Inc. and the qualified mental health professional, namely Chassidy Ison.”

The order states that Musgrove be taken to KCPC “for treatment and examination, including forced medication and any restraint that may be necessary to effect such treatment.”

The order grants up to 30 days so that a psychologist or psychiatrist “can examine, treat, medicate, test and report on the defendant’s mental condition.”

Blair also asks KCPC to determine if Musgrove is competent to stand trial and/or competent at the time of the alleged offense.

Musgrove is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. A complaint warrant filed in the case notes her 2007 conviction for reckless homicide in Fayette County.

The complaint, filed by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Eggleton, also sheds some light on the events that transpired the day of the standoff.

Eggleton says in the complaint that he received a call between 3 and 4 p.m. to the address on Fuller Way. The complaint states that Eggleton was to perform a welfare check there based on an anonymous call that came into the Montgomery County 911 Center.

The caller claimed that the resident was believed to be either suicidal or homicidal.

Eggleton reported that the woman became “extremely agitated” when deputies arrived.

The woman reported to authorities that she had a handgun in a pouch hanging around her waist, according to the complaint. Eggleton noted that authorities were unable to see the weapon inside the closed pouch, but it appeared to contain something heavy enough to be a handgun.
Deputies withdrew from the residence, set up a perimeter and began communication with the suspect, the complaint states.

The woman reportedly refused to exit the house.

Musgrove reportedly had her two sons and 2-year-old grandson in the home with her, according to the complaint.

All three were removed safely from the home as authorities negotiated with Musgrove. She eventually gave herself up around 8 p.m.
She has pleaded not guilty.