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Update: Parent shot, teacher freed in school standoff

Maria Ortiz consoles her 5th-grade daughter, Crystal Godinez, after she was released from evacuation at Castle View Elementary School in Riverside, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. School officials say all students are accounted for as a man continues to hold someone hostage inside a Southern California elementary school. (Watchara Phomicinda/The Press-Enterprise via AP)
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6:50 p.m.

Police have shot a parent who held a 70-year-old teacher hostage for hours at his daughter’s Southern California elementary school.

Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback says a SWAT team entered a classroom at Castle View Elementary School shortly before 6 p.m. The suspect’s condition was not immediately known.

Railsback says negotiators had been talking to the man but hadn’t heard from the teacher and feared for her life.

Family members identified her as 70-year-old Linda Montgomery. Police say the teacher was taken to a hospital but didn’t appear to have any serious injuries.

It’s still not clear what prompted the man to enter the school and barricade himself with the teacher Tuesday morning and it’s not known whether he had a weapon.

Original Story

RIVERSIDE — A parent who barged into his daughter’s Southern California elementary school held a 70-year-old teacher hostage for hours as police tried to talk him out of a classroom, police and relatives said Tuesday.

Police and federal agents remained at Castle View Elementary School at dusk, some six hours after they were called there.

A SWAT team and negotiators were on the scene but he was “not responding to our commands for him to come out,” police Officer Ryan Railsback said.

It wasn’t known whether the man had a weapon, he said.

The parent scuffled with a staff member who tried to make him sign in at the front office late Tuesday morning, Railsback said.

People at the scene told news organizations that the staffer appeared to have a bloody or broken nose as he was taken to an ambulance.

The man then barricaded himself inside a classroom with a teacher identified by relatives as 70-year-old Linda Montgomery.

Montgomery has taught at Castle View for 20 years, said her granddaughter, Ariana Montgomery.

“She’s really good with kids,” she told the Riverside Press-Enterprise . “She’s really helpful and sweet.”

The children were at lunch and were not in the classroom at the time, said Justin Grayson, a spokesman for the Riverside Unified School District.

The parent wasn’t identified by police but Carl Jackson told KABC-TV that the man was his nephew. He said the man had a daughter in first grade at the school and that he had suffered some sort of emotional meltdown that morning.

“He had a breakdown, and he relapsed again. That’s all, he’s not dangerous,” Jackson said. “It’s just a matter of getting in there and talking to him, because we can talk to him.”

Jackson said his nephew didn’t have any access to a weapon.

The condition of the teacher wasn’t known, police said.

“We are doing everything we can to safely and peacefully resolve this situation,” Railsback said at an afternoon news conference.

School officials said all students were accounted for after the shooting, were safely evacuated and most have been reunited with their parents at a nearby park.

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