Houston County Stand-off Update

A Houston County woman is behind bars following a stand-off with police at her Gordon home. The shootings lasted several hours and has left her surrounding neighborhood in shock.

According to authorities, 40-year-old Starla Celeste Money opened fire inside her home with three weapons in her possession prompting her husband to call for help.

Don McMullan with the Houston County Sheriff’s Department said, "We were told by one of the occupants in the house that the other occupant fired a weapon inside the residence two-to-three times. This occupant was kind of disturbed about that and decided he would turn the residence over to the Houston County Sheriff's Department."

Within minutes, the sheriff's department and the Dothan Police Department were on the scene. They arrived at 8:30 in the morning and negotiated for hours. But, they say when they tried to reason with Money, more shots were fired.

Neighbor, Tony Conrad recalls coming home to the incident. He said "I was kind of surprised that something like this would happen right in our neighborhood. We just recently moved down here from Michigan and a large populated area and never had anything happen. Then we're out here, remote like we are, and its right across the street."

The incident lasted until around 3:15 in the afternoon, at which point, Money was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment.

McMullan says "The judge has been informed of the situation and probably she, uh, this person will be going in for some type of psychiatric evaluation."

Until then, she is being held in the Houston County Jail.

Money did have her first court appearance Monday afternoon and was denied bond.

Judge Mendhim says one may be set at a later date.


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