RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Tuesday evening SWAT officers initiated a hostage rescue at a Riverside elementary school classroom. During the rescue effort there was an officer involved shooting. The teacher was rescued and the parent-suspect is dead, ending an hours-long standoff.
Castle View Elementary School in Riverside had been evacuated Tuesday after a parent having a “breakdown” assaulted a staff member and barricaded himself in a classroom with a teacher, officials and witnesses said.
The parent-suspect, identified as Riverside resident Luvelle Kennon, 27, died at a hospital, said Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback.
The teacher, Linda Montgomery, 70, sustained some scrapes and abrasions when she was grabbed and pulled into an empty classroom, Railsback said.
During the seven-hour standoff, crisis negotiators made contact with the man, but never heard from Montgomery, which is why authorities decided to storm into the room at about 6 p.m., reported ABC 7.
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It’s unclear whether the man was armed. The suspect had been carrying a backpack, but no weapon was seen, officials and witnesses said.
Carl Jackson, who identified himself as the barricaded suspect’s uncle, said the suspect was not dangerous and that he was experiencing a “breakdown.”
Officials canceled classes at the elementary school for the rest of the week.
The incident began shortly before 11:15 a.m. when the man forced his way past staff in the main office at Castle View Elementary School, Riverside Unified spokesman Justin Grayson said.
The parent-suspect, who has a daughter in first grade, did not appear to follow the school district’s safety procedures and check in with the front desk, Railsback said.
NEW: @RiversidePolice ID man killed last night as 27yo Luvelle Kennon. They say he held 70yo teacher hostage for 6+hrs, forced 100’s to evacuate. Stay w/ @NBCLA for the latest. pic.twitter.com/etch9amCMi
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A male teacher confronted the parent, who responded by hitting that teacher in the face, Railsback said.
A witness told KABC that the teacher’s face was bloodied and his nose was broken. The teacher was treated at a hospital, police said.
The parent then took Montgomery hostage inside an empty classroom, police said, though it’s not clear why.
Police evacuated all students from the campus and began releasing them to their parents after 1 p.m. All the students were accounted for, Grayson said.
(Photo: Screenshot ABC 7 broadcast)