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School evacuated after armed man sparks standoff in nearby house

December 2, 2011 |  2:36 pm

Officials evacuated a La Mirada middle school Friday after an armed and suicidal man barricaded himself in a house near the campus, authorities said.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies helped school officials bus about 390 students from Los Coyotes Middle School to the gym at La Mirada Regional Park, about a half mile away, said Sgt. Diane Hecht.

Meantime, SWAT officers surrounded the house in the 15900 block of Algeciras Drive. The man fired several rounds from inside around 11 a.m., but no one was injured, Hecht said, adding that the suspect was not communicating with authorities.

Deputies first responded to reports of shots fired around 7:30 a.m., and the school was locked down soon thereafter, officials said.

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-- Matt Stevens

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