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Woman in custody after spraying Cal OES worker with bear mace

After a seven-hour-long standoff in Concow, one woman faces a felony charge.

Posted: Aug 19, 2019 7:33 PM
Updated: Aug 20, 2019 10:43 AM

CONCOW, Calif. - After a seven-hour-long standoff in Concow, one woman faces a felony charge.

Cal OES was assessing properties when Thea Lomker sprayed bear mace at the employees.

Butte County Sheriff's Office told Action News Now, Lomker thought the crews were on her property, which initiated the spraying.

The Sheriff's Office was called to the property around 9:30 a.m. and when they arrived, Lomker said she was going to defend herself.

Lomker's statement toward the Deputies prompted a seven-hour-long standoff which ended in tear gas being used to get her outside of the house and into custody.

She has been booked into the Butte County Jail and faces one charge, so far, of using mace illegally, which is a felony.

One Cal OES employee was treated for injuries.

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