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Sylmar barricade forces school evacuation

Officers enter house; suspect gone
June 10, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A barricaded suspect forced the evacuation of a school in Sylmar Wednesday afternoon.LAPD Topanga Division detectives were following an investigation in the Sylmar neighborhood of Polk St. and Foothill Blvd.

A suspect refused to cooperate and barricaded himself in a house.

LAPD Mission Division officers and a SWAT team were called to the scene.

Sylmar Elementary School, across the street from the barricade, was evacuated through the rear of the school as a precaution.

SWAT fired tear gas into the home.

Officers entered the house after 4 p.m. In the process of clearing the house, they discovered the suspect was gone.

The home is located on the 13000 block of Phillippi Avenue.

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