UPDATE at 4:42 p.m.: A possibly suicidal young man thought to have been armed was taken into custody today near the Pierce College campus, which was locked down for several hours while authorities looked for him.
Authorities were notified about 8:20 a.m. that the 22-year-old man may have gone to the campus, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.
The campus and nearby West Valley Occupational Center were locked down as police searched for the man, who was taken into custody early this afternoon at the Canoga Bowl in the 20000 block of Vanowen Street, police said.
The man, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital for examination. He was not armed and was not arrested, according to the LAPD.
UPDATE at 12:31 p.m.: Police say the lockdowns have been lifted at Pierce College and nearby West Valley Occupational Center in Woodland Hills. Authorities are still trying to find a possibly suicidal 22-year-old man who may have a gun and who was thought to be on or near the college. Pierce College officials decided to close the campus, effective at noon, according to the college's website.
Police say they received a report at 8:20 a.m. about a possibly suicidal 22-year-old man who might have a gun and could be on or near the Pierce College campus in Woodland Hills.
Police say the college and nearby West Valley Occupational Center have been placed on lockdown, although Pierce College officials say the campus is being evacuated. Police are conducting a search for the man.
--City News Service
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