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A 41-year-old woman was arrested following an armed standoff in a Manitoba community that forced schools to shut down as a safety precaution.

The incident happened in Eriksdale, just east of Lake Manitoba, early Wednesday morning. RCMP said officers were dispatched to a firearms complaint at a residence there around 12:30 a.m.

The incident ended about 12 hours later, when a woman surrendered to police without incident. She was found to be suffering from an "undisclosed injury" and was transported to hospital for treatment, RCMP said.

Two children who were inside the home managed to leave early Wednesday morning, said Cpl. Miles Hiebert.

"I'm told there were two youngsters in the residence at the time. They left the house of their own accord and I'm told they didn't suffer any injuries at all," Hiebert told CBC News.

Police would not release further details about the standoff, but said no further arrests are expected.

Tense time in 2 towns

The standoff caused a tense time in the town, as well as in the community of Lundar. Schools in both communities were closed, though police did not explain why the one in Lundar, 20 kilometres away, had to be closed as well.

The Lakeshore School division issued a release Wednesday morning saying they were notified by the RCMP of a potential safety risk to staff and students.

That prompted the division to shut down the schools as a safety precaution. A section of Eriksdale was cordoned off for a number of hours.

"Our first concern is public safety and certainly the safety of children in the area," Hiebert said.

"We would rather err on the side of caution and ensure that, you know, there's no chance [of] any danger to any members of the public."

While police said very little about the incident, residents in Eriksdale told CBC News there were gunshots heard.