11/27/2013 06:19 EST | Updated 01/27/2014 05:59 EST

Woman with rifle barricaded in a home south of Montreal

Police say a 27-year-old woman, who has barricaded herself in a house with a rifle, is a member of the Armed Forces and may be depressed.

Police evacuated 20 nearby homes as a precaution, while other neighbours were ordered to stay indoors.

Local officers in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu -- about 40 kilometres southeast of Montreal -- received a call Wednesday afternoon about a woman inside a home on Beaulieu Street.

When police arrived, the woman would not answer the door or cooperate.

Quebec's provincial police force was called in to assist.