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Chatsworth High School locked down as police search for murder suspect [Updated]

March 9, 2011 | 12:43 pm

A Los Angeles high school was placed on lockdown late Wednesday morning as police searched the area for a murder suspect.

[Updated at 1:40 p.m.: Police said they have a suspect in custody, but no further details were available.]

Around 11:30 a.m., officers from the Los Angeles School Police Department chased the suspect in a foot pursuit that began near the Chatsworth High campus, said Officer Christopher No of the Los Angeles Police Department.

LAPD officers responded to a radio call for backup, setting up a large perimeter in an attempt to trap the suspect, No said. When a school is locked down, classroom doors are locked and students and teachers are not allowed to leave until police permit movement.

Police did not immediately release the identity of the man. It was not known if he is affiliated with the school or if he was armed.

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