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Tustin school lockdowns lifted after suspected gunman arrested

April 10, 2014|By Christine Mai-Duc and Richard Winton
  • A helicopter is used amid a SWAT response to the armed gunman search in Tustin on Thursday.
A helicopter is used amid a SWAT response to the armed gunman search in Tustin… (KTLA-TV )

Lockdown orders for seven Tustin schools were lifted Thursday afternoon after a suspected gunman was arrested following an intensive hours-long manhunt.

The man, who was not immediately identified, was suspected of fleeing from police after an officer-involved shooting outside an apartment complex about 9 a.m. Thursday. He was taken into custody “without incident,” said Tustin Police Sgt. Andy Birozy.

Tustin Unified lifted the lockdowns shortly after 2 p.m.

The search prompted a massive search that involved heavily armored tactical vehicles, helicopters and SWAT officers. Residents were also warned to stay indoors on reports that the man was carrying some sort of sawed-off shotgun or rifle.

The officer involved in the initial confrontation was not hurt, but it was not immediately clear if the suspect had been injured.

Information on where the suspect was found and circumstances surrounding was not immediately available.

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