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Over 5-Hour Standoff Ends With Sniper Shot And Killed

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Parents waiting for all clear to pick up their kids. Parents waiting for all clear to pick up their kids.
Residents of Woodridge Villa apartments were shuttled onto buses for Cashman Field. Residents of Woodridge Villa apartments were shuttled onto buses for Cashman Field.
Residents being evacuated from their apartments. Residents being evacuated from their apartments.

Metro officers were involved in a more than 5-hour standoff Thursday afternoon. Officers were called out to a disturbance in a unit at the Woodridge Villa apartments located at Eastern and Owens that forced hundreds from their homes and locked down thirteen nearby schools.


It all started just before noon when officers responded to a disturbance call. A neighbor had reported smelling marijuana. Metro says officers made contact with people inside the apartment who told them there was someone else inside.


As three officers entered the unit to confront the man, he opened fire on the three officers, followed them back outside shooting the whole time backing the officers into a corner beneath a stairwell. Other officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect who then went back inside the apartment.


Undersheriff Doug Gillespie stated in a news conference Thursday evening, "At that time the SWAT unit was called in along with negotiators. We did have initial negotiations with the suspect. At one time exited the apartment, fired rounds at the SWAT unit, then quickly retreated back into the apartment. The suspect then came to the window, fired more rounds at the SWAT officers. The SWAT officers fired back and the subject is deceased."


There were no serious injuries. One officer from the scene was taken to UMC because he hit his head while responding. As he arrived at the hospital he was covered with a sheet to hide his identity. The only other injured person did not go to a hospital. A woman walking near the apartments twisted her ankle. Paramedics treated her at the northeast area command.


More than 100 officers responded to the scene.

Officers cleared everyone who lived in and around the apartment complex out and took them to Cashman Field on city buses. Many of them had to leave their homes quickly with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Several agencies were on hand giving out water and others things the people might need.

Residents were shaken up by the combination of being forced out of their homes and police exchanging shots with the gunman right in their apartment complex. They were allowed to return home about six hours later.

School Lockdowns:

As the daylong drama continued from day into nightfall, thousands of students were ordered to stay inside for their own safety. Nearly a dozen nearby schools and a childcare center were placed on lockdown, as anxious parents rushed to pick up their children.


After nearly six hours of waiting, the all-clear announcement was made. An estimated 14.000 students were kept indoors during the lockdown.


The following nearby schools were in lockdown:  Martinez Child Development Center, Walter Bracken Elementary, Global Community High School, Desert Pines High School, CP Squires Elementary, Ronnow Elementary, Williams Elementary, Lunt Elementary, Cambeiro Elementary, JD Smith Middle School, Rancho High School, and Mountain View Christian and St. Christopher Elementary private schools.  

Global Community High School and Desert Pines High School were released from lockdown at 4:30 p.m. The other schools, except for Bracken Elementary, were released from lockdown between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Bracken was released a short time after.

Lockdown is a precaution until the situation is under control and means students cannot leave the school and worried parents cannot get in to get them. The last school to be given the all clear was Bracken Elementary.

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