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Suspect in parole agent's shooting apprehended, officials say

January 4, 2012 |  6:20 pm

Photo: The scene near where a parole agent was shot in Lake View Terrace. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5A parolee suspected of shooting and critically wounding a parole agent in Lake View Terrace was detained Wednesday evening after an hours-long dragnet, law enforcement officials told The Times.

Multiple law enforcement officials who spoke to The Times identified the suspect as Steven Hoff, 43.

Hoff has convictions for weapons possession and terrorist threats, according to court records and law enforcement officials.

MAP: 210 Freeway shut down

He was taken into custody by officers about 6 p.m., according to the law enforcement officials who asked not to be named because the investigation was ongoing.

The shooting, which occurred about 1:30 p.m., shut down a stretch of the busy 210 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley, creating a traffic nightmare for commuters during the evening rush hour. The freeway was expected to be opened Wednesday evening, officials said.

Two Lake View Terrace schools,  Brainard Elementary School and Delphi Academy, were locked down.

Authorities said 166 students and staff members were at Delphi, and that eight staff members were at Brainard because students were on vacation.

Authorities were in the process of evacuating students Wednesday evening.

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--Andrew Blankstein (twitter.com/anblanx) and Robert J. Lopez (twitter.com/LAJourno)

Photo: The scene near where a parole agent was shot in Lake View Terrace.

Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5

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