Garden Grove School on Lockdown After Nearby Police Standoff

Students were able to leave via an exit away from police activity, school district officials said

An elementary school in Garden Grove was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon when a suspected barricaded himself inside a nearby home.

Parents at Meairs Elementary were informed via a phone message that the school had been locked down, but school district authorities said students could be picked up at an entrance away from the police confrontation.

U.S. Marshals, Orange County sheriff's deputies and Garden Grove police were serving a search warrant when a suspect refused to come out of the home and a SWAT team was called, Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department said.

School officials were told to go on lockdown at 1:45 p.m., according to Westminster School District spokeswoman Trish Montgomery.

Only about 40 to 50 students in after-school programs were on the campus 8441 Trask Ave. (map) at that time because of an early release Thursday.

The students were safely sheltered in a secure classroom until they could be picked up, she said.
No other information was available about the standoff. 


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